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Jimi Hendrix honored with USPS postage stamp

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has released a new Forever stamp which honors Jimi Hendrix. The Jimi Hendrix stamp is a part of the USPS’ Music Icons series, according to a Time report on Thursday.

Jimi Hendrix is the late 1960s rock guitarist who died at the age of 27 – some 43 years ago. His legacy for his innovative music lives on and is now to be a part of honored-history in the form of a postage stamp.

The dedication ceremony for the release of the stamp was held on Thursday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. Following the dedication, a concert was held which featured Slash – former Guns ‘n Roses guitarist – as well as Perry Farrell who sang with Jane’s Addiction, MC5’s guitarist Wayne Kramer, and former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.

Jimi Hendrix’s sister, Janie Hendrix, said she is deeply touched and so are other members of the Hendrix family by the issuance of this stamp. She thanked the United States Postal Service for bestowing one of the nation’s highest honors on her brother. She continued to say, “While my brother has been cited many times as being among the most influential musicians of all time, the recognition implicit in his being portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp ranks as an unparalleled honor.”

Jimi Hendrix, whose real name was James Marshall Hendrix, lived from Nov. 27, 1942 to Sept. 18, 1970. He was a musician, singer, and songwriter. He is considered to be the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music.

Hendrix’s guitar playing was unique in that he combined jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock into his style of performing. His early career included playing in the Isley Brothers’ backup band and then with Little Richard. His career took him to England in late 1966 after he was discovered by Chas Chandler of the rock group The Animals. He soon after released an album collection called “The Jimi Hendrix Experience which included his best known recording, “Purple Haze.” He is also known for having headlined Woodstock.

He accidentally died from barbiturate-related asphyxia on 1970.

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