#Jimi6Music - help pick the Ultimate Jimi Hendrix Playlist
This week would have been the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix – the man who tops nearly every poll which searches for the greatest guitar player ever, and who despite not living life as long as others in years, he managed to cram more into it than most.
It’s also been revealed that in March next year a previously unheard album from Hendrix will be released called People, Hell and Angels so what better excuse do we need to celebrate the most iconic axeman the world has even seen than with a special Now Playing dedicated to his music and his wider cultural impact.
Born in Seattle, Hendrix was brought to London in 1966 by Chas Chandler – the bassist of The Animals who was looking for talent to manage. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed and almost instantly the likes of Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton were enthralled by him.
He’s responsible for some of the greatest guitar riffs ever, is still to this day a fashion icon and his live sets at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight have gone down as the greatest nights in musical history.
What to include in the Ultimate Jimi Hendrix Playlist? It’s all down to you – but to help you out here are some ideas:
• Classic Hendrix tracks from Voodoo Child to The Wind Cries Mary or perhaps you’d rather some of his more unknown ones
• Artists who became fans of his in London like Eric Clapton, The Who and The Beatles
• People who influenced his music from blues pioneers such as B.B. King to Howlin’ Wolf, or equally Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry
• Great guitarists who wouldn’t have played the instrument the same way if it wasn’t for Hendrix – Prince, Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic, or Ernie Isley to Slash, Mick McCready or Kirk Hammett
• Even Questlove, Chuck D, Ice-T and Miles Davis have all spoken of their admiration for Hendrix
There’s so much scope for you to have fun and go off with this one, but you need to let us know what you want to hear on Sunday evening. Leave a comment on this blog or our Facebook page, Tweet #Jimi6Music, e-mail us your idea or drag a track onto our collaborative Spotify playlist.
And remember to listen from 6-8pm this Sunday on BBC 6 Music for the Ultimate Jimi Hendrix Playlist.