Jimi Hendrix – “Foxy Lady”
Ah yes, 1969, psychedelic times, and Jimi Hendrix came out with his “Are You Experienced” album. He had been receiving a lot of attention in Europe and finally broke into the US scene with “Hey Joe” and performances at the Monterey Pop Festival, moving on to Woodstock in ’69.
He pushed the limits of amplified sound, engineered feedback and became fascinated with Zappa’s use of the wah-wah pedal. Hendrix’s innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form. He was unable to read or write music, so it is amazing that his meteoric rise took place in just four short years. A flamboyant performer, he played his guitar with his teeth, set his guitars on fire or smashed them and tossed them into the audience. Tragically, his life ended at age 27 (born Johnny Allen Hendrix, November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970). Hard years for rock stars (Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison). Rolling Stone ranked him the number one greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist.
His four albums are masterpieces: Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland and Band of Gypsys.