10. JIMI HENDRIX
Even though Hendrix’s mainstream career only lasted four years, it was enough to make him arguably the greatest guitarist of all time and one of the greatest musicians ever.
He was the recipient of multiple music awards during his lifetime and after his death. But before he achieved enormous success with his critically acclaimed debut album
Are You Experienced?,
he recorded “The Ballad of Jimi”, a haunting tune that fans regard as Jimi portending his own death.
He sings, “Many things he would try/For he knew soon he’d die”,
“Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone/His memory still lives on”, and “Five years, this he said/He’s not gone, he’s just dead.”
On September 18, 1970, five years after the recording of the song, Hendrix died accidentally from barbiturate-related asphyxia.
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