The 27 Club is a group of well-known musicians who all died at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix is one of the reasons the club was identified and created. Before his untimely death, Hendrix became a rock star in the mid-'60s. His album Are You Experienced was on the charts for 33 weeks, peaking at #2. Hendrix received more pay than any other musician at 1969's Woodstock festival, closing the festival at dawn after his discomfort with large crowds kept him from performing the previous midnight. Hendrix died of asphyxia while intoxicated on barbiturates on September 18, 1970.
James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942--September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history and one of the most influential musicians of his era despite his mainstream exposure being limited to four years. He achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival after initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and was instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback. Hendrix helped to popularize use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, which he often used to deliver tonal exaggerations in his solos, particularly with high bends, complex guitar playing, and use of legato.
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