Remembering music legend Jimi Hendrix who died 48 years ago today

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 19, 2018
04:48 A.M.
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One of the greatest American guitarists and singer, Jimi Hendrix, passed away 48 years ago on September 18, 1970. He died at the St Mary Abbot's Hospital.


It was found that the musician had aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates. Later, it was revealed that the singer had taken 9 prescribed Vesparax sleeping tablets of his girlfriends.

Although he’s passed on, Jimi Hendrix's, 27, music still lives on. This year a new album by the musician was released.

The album called "Both Sides of the Sky" featured unreleased songs recorded by the legendary guitarist between 1968 and 1970. Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings released the album together.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. A new music video for "Lover Man" was also released to accompany the new album.

The album is the third volume in a trilogy from the guitar hero's archive. In 2010, "Valleys of Neptune" was released followed by "People, Hell and Angels," which came out in 2013.


Eddie Kramer was one of the people who had the pleasure of working with the musician. He worked as recording engineer on every album that Hendrix ever made during his life.


In an interview, Kramer said that 1969 was "a very experimental year" for Hendrix. The engineer was blown away as he worked on the new album.


"The first thing is you put the tape on and you listen to it and the hairs just stand up right on the back of your neck and you go, 'Oh my God. This is too (expletive) incredible," Kramer explained his experience.


He added that 40 or 50 years later the experience of listening to Hendrix’s tapes was still the same. Many of the album's tracks were recorded by Band of Gypsys which was Hendrix's group featuring Buddy Miles and Billy Cox.


Fans of the star will know that he performed live one last time on September 16, 1970, which was just two days before his untimely death. Hendrix was invited by his old friend Eric Burdon to play with him and his new group War.


The performance was held at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London’s Soho district. Hendrix took Burdon up on his offer but when he showed up to the venue with his current girlfriend Monica Dannemann in tow,

Burdon recalled the moment saying, “Having Hendrix onstage made [War guitarist Howard Scott] play better than he ever had before. We slid into 'Mother Earth,' a beautiful blues written by Memphis Slim. We ended the set with a burning jam. Jimi was flying. And then it was over.”

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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