LAST Saturday (18 September) marked the 40th anniversary of the death of James Marshall ‘Jimi’ Hendrix, who is often universally acknowledged as the greatest rock guitarist ever to have lived.
He was found dead in one of the basement apartments in the Samarkand Hotel in Kensington, Greater London. He is officially said to have died of asphyxiation on his own vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine in the early hours of that morning.
He was just 27 years-old and joined The Rolling Stones Brian Jones in the now infamous 27 Club. The other ‘official’ members of the club are: Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.
As a Pink Floyd fan first and foremost, I rank David Gilmour as my #1 guitarist, but for millions of others, JMH will be top of their list forever.