In the context of this site, it’s difficult and not necessarily important to do posts about icons such as Hendrix. People who like that superstar or supergroup know far more than I do. Those who don’t aren’t interested. But it’s appropriate to feature a superstar or a superband once in a while. Also, the music generally is great.
Here is the Hendrix Channel at YouTube, a bio, a profile of The Jimi Hendrix Experience at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and brief reviews of the endless stream of Hendrix albums from Wilson and Alroy.
Johnny Winter and Jethro Tull appeared on this day in 1969 and 1970 at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Pop Festival, respectively. Other performers in Newport included James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, The Buddy Guy Blues Band, The Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years. It’s strange they didn’t change the name of the festival.
The above clip is from last year. It’s good to see that Winter is still alive and well.
Don’t know why they did it, but Rolling Stone has reposted an interesting article on Jimi Hendrix from February 1992.
From the story:
Hendrix was also a pivotal figure in the continuum of American black music. Although marketed to white audiences as a rock & roll wild man and, in the beginning, widely rejected by the black community as such, Hendrix ambitiously recast the music of his forefathers and elders – Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Charlie Christian, Chuck Berry – into electrifying future soul and elegiac cosmic balladry. His experiments with funk rhythms, heavy blues, electronic-sound collages and sensually charged romantic pop, in turn, laid the foundation for later innovations in black rock and R&B by George Clinton, Miles Davis, Prince and Living Colour. At the same time, Hendrix set a new standard in stage outrage with his jaw-dropping act of rubber-limbed playing positions and blatant erotic suggestion.
It’s definitely worth reading.
Happy Memorial Day. Here are some essential songs, including Grand Funk Railroad’s timeless classic We’re an American Band.
Among songs from folks wearing shirts are Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner and Marian Anderson’s historic performance of My Country ‘Tis of Thee at the Lincoln Memorial. Here are two versions of God Bless America: One by composer Irving Berlin and one by Kate Smith, who is most closely associated with the song.
Albert King was not related to B.B. or, for that matter to Freddie, another great blues guitarist who would be King. They all were deeply connected, however. B.B. commented on Albert in his autobiography, Blues All Around Me:
He had his own sound that, far as I can see, had more influence on guys like Jimi Hendrix than I did. Sometimes I’d hear little pieces of myself in bluesmen like Buddy Guy, who I also love, but I think the heavy rockers looked to Albert as the main model.
His best known song is Born Under a Bad Sign (done here with Stevie Ray Vaughan). Other pieces that show King’s skills are I’ll Play the Blues for You, Stormy Monday (here with John Mayall) and Oh Pretty Woman.