In mid-March 2010 Jimi Hendrix made music history from his latest posthumous release, his 34th album, “Valleys of Neptune,” with an amazing debut at #4 on the Billboard 200. Hendrix has now beat Elvis Presley's Top 5 posthumous album debut after a forty year period. Elvis had the longest streak going with his “Elvis: 2nd to None” 26 years after his death.
On September 18 will be the 44th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death. This legendary electric guitarist was influenced by the great blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf and Albert King. Jimi would then later revolutionize rock music. His innovative wah-wah pedal he created, exaggerated pitches in his electric guitar solos, is now standard use in rock music. He burst onto the music scene first in England and throughout Europe.
It wasn't until he made his American debut at the Monterey Pop festival in 1967. This is where he set his electric guitar on fire playing “Wild Thing.” It was his playing that got everyone's attention. If that wasn't enough, Hendrix took it to another level by closing out the famed Woodstock with some extraordinary performances that are still played today.
To pay homage to Jimi's memory, here are his top five songs that are still staples on classic rock radio stations. Four of these songs have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, while the fifth one is an album track (“Woodstock” soundtrack). You've heard these songs no doubt featured in films and television. They will certainly be familiar to you.