Excuse me while I kiss the sky

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 18 2015

Category: Uncategorized


Today is one of those sad days in music history.  On this date in 1970, one James Marshall Hendrix, better known as Jimi, of course, ended his trips around the sun.  He was only 27 years old, succumbing to an overdose of sleeping pills.  He was found breathing but unconscious at the Samarkand Hotel in London, and later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Although his “mainstream” career only lasted for 4 years, he was considered a pioneer, master, and icon.  The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”

His early career began as a back-up to the Isley Brothers and Chuck Berry, the latter of which he credits as being an influence on him musically, along with Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King.  He moved to England in 1966 and, under new management, within months he had 3 UK top-10 hits with “Hey Joe”, “Purple Haze”, and “The Wind Cries Mary”.  He achieved fame in the US with his performance  at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.  His third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number 1 in the US in 1968.  By the time he performed at Woodstock, a seminal moment in live music history with his version of the Star Spangled Banner,  he was the highest paid performer in the world.  He headlined the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, dying shortly after.

His innovative use of reverberation, amplifier feedback, and distortion was groundbreaking for the time.  And seeing a performer play behind his head and lighting his guitar afire on stage were mind blowing.  In addition to his innovative style, he was showered with accolades, both while living and posthumously.    In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him Pop Musician of the Year.  In 1968, he was Billboard’s Artist of the Year and Rolling Stone’s Performer of the Year.  In 1969, Disc And Music Echo named him a World Top Musician. In 1970, Guitar Player named him Rock Guitarist of the Year.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

His career was short, with only three studio albums: Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland. But all three of these were on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of All-Time list.  Oh, and by the way, they list him as the Number 1 guitarist of all-time, and the 6th best performer ever.  Pretty heady stuff for such a short career.  Of course, there’ve been hundreds of unauthorized songs released over the years and numerous tribute albums.  And countless contemporaries list him among their influences.  Imagine the music he would’ve made had he not suffered such an early demise.

So in honor of this all-time great, and ultimate shooting star, my songs of the day are:

“Crosstown Traffic”

“All along The Watchtower”

“Red House”

“51st Anniversary”

“Castles Made Of Sand”

“Voodoo Child”

Of course, these are merely the tip of the iceberg with his songs.  I’m sure everyone has their favorites.  Play what you like of his today at some point.  And when you do, blow a kiss to the sky.

23 comments on “Excuse me while I kiss the sky”

  1. Enjoying All Along the Watchtower now. Thanks for the nudge.

    Also, out of curiosity, are you a beach boys fan? Between the name and the music interests, I had to ask. 🙂

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    • I think his cover of All Along the Watchtower is one the best covers ever in musical history, lol! I’ve read that even Bob Dylan himself prefers Jimi’s version 😳

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    • I do enjoy the Beach Boys, absolutely! Pet Sounds is a terrific album. Their harmonies are fantastic and Brian Wilson is such an interesting and über talented dude. I’ll be going to the new movie about him. Though I love John Cusack, I thought it was an interesting choice to play Wilson. That’s not the origin of my WP name though, no. 😃

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  2. Marvellous! I’m going to reblog my Hendrix poem 🙂

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  3. […] tribute to Hendrix. Inspired to reblog by sonofabeach […]

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  4. Too brief was his life. Too powerful was his music. I hope he’s jamming away in another place right now. He’s a legend. A true artist. They just don’t come around like that any more. It’s sad… miss you Mr. Hendrix! I love you wherever you are!

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  5. I really like how you call our attention to important dates in musical history. This wasn’t a good month for the blues, was it?! Now I know what music I’m going to try not to bother my neighbors with today!

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  6. Great idea-blowing a kiss to the sky! Will be sure to do that! I just wanted take sure you didn’t mind my intro on the reblog of yours? I am sorry, I couldn’t resist, still makes me laugh, but if it bothers you, I can change it ☺ hope you are having a good one!

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    • Not at all! I don’t get offended easily, tryst me. I’m pretty honored when someone does a re-post of something I’ve put out there. I’ve gotten some good info from those re-blogs, so it’s a good thing. Can’t thank all y’all enough. You rock! 😊


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