Walter Iooss Jr./Getty ImagesToday marks what would have been the 75th birthday of Jimi Hendrix, who single-handedly revolutionized the electric guitar during his short life. Hendrix’s inventive and dexterous playing, along with his experimentation with effects and feedback, his charismatic stage persona and his flamboyant style, helped make Hendrix one of the most revered and influential rock artists of all time.

Born in Seattle on November 27, 1942, Hendrix honed his musicianship for years as a sideman for such artists at Little Richard and The Isley Brothers before forming his own band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, after moving to the U.K. in late 1966.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience only released three studio albums while Jimi was alive — 1967’s Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold as Love, and 1968’s Electric Ladyland — but those records continue to inspire and challenge listeners and musicians to this day. Sadly, Jimi was just 27 when he asphyxiated on his own vomit and died on September 18, 1970.

Hendrix was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1992. This past June, Jimi was honored with his own memorial park in his hometown of Seattle. A special concert commemorating Hendrix’s 75th birthday is scheduled for tonight at the Hard Rock Café Seattle. The three-hour show begins at 6 p.m. PT and will feature a performance by the Hendrix cover group The Electric Landladies.

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