It is highly unlikely the shy boy from Seattle, Washington ever dreamed of achieving such rock and roll legendary status that it would ultimately lead to him being honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a forever stamp. But it is true. On March 13, the Jimi Hendrix Forever stamp was introduced as part of the post office’s Music Icon series.
The unveiling took place at the much talked about South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Slated to Join Hendrix in this exclusive series will be Janis Joplin and next year, James Brown. The Music Icon series was launched in 2013, but ever since 1993 a slew of musicians have been recognized including: Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Tejano singer Lydia Mendoza, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter and Otis Redding.
There are future plans to produce stamps saluting John Lennon, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Jim Morrison, Freddy Fender, Fats Waller, Willie Dixon and Sarah Vaughan. Also included in this elite group of singers and musicians is Michael Jackson. However, his stamp will not be a part of the Music Icons series and a date has not been set for the release.
According to the Postal Service’s chief financial officer, Joseph Corbett, “Jimi Hendrix left behind an indelible mark on pop music and popular culture,”
Hendrix’s sister Janie said in a statement, “I am deeply touched and so are other members of the Hendrix family by the issuance of this stamp. I wish to thank the United States Postal Service for bestowing one of our nation’s highest honors on my brother Jimi.”
The stamp’s unveiling coincides with the late musician’s biopic ‘All is By My Side’ starring Outkast front-man Andre 3000.
Born James Marshall Hendrix on November 27, 1942, the extremely gifted guitarist is especially known for his uniquely spectacular rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969, the same year he became the world’s highest paid rock musician. Finding escaping in playing the guitar, Hendrix‘s background was filtered with difficulties and was interestingly complex.
Hendrix died tragically on September 18, 1970 at the age of 27 from asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates in London, England. His body is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Renton, Washington. At the time of his death, the cost of a postage stamp was only 6 cents. Today is 49 cents.
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