The 27 Club: Remembering A Few Great Musicians

The 27 Club: Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones

Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison all great musicians who died at the age of 27. This is not to conclude that there is an increase in the risk of death for musicians at the age of 27. This is just a remembrance of some great musicians and the legacies they left behind in the short 27 years they each had. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all left their mark on the music industry each in their own way. Some may even say they all changed music history with the legacies they left.

Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was an African-American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career spanned only four years. Many regard him as one of the most influential electric guitarists in history. Possibly one of the best musicians across all of music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.” Hendrix earned fame with three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” and “The Wind Cries, Mary.” He achieved fame in the United States after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the U.S. This was Hendrix’s most commercially successful release and his first plus only number one album.

The world’s highest paid performer at the time, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. American rock and roll along with electric blues inspired Hendrix musically. He was one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of tone altering effect units, such as fuzz tone, Octavia, wah-wah, and Uni-Vibe in mainstream rock. He was the first musician ever to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. Hendrix left behind this piece of the legacy and most people appreciate his contributions.

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