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Jimi Hendrix fans expected to mark musician’s 70th birthday

Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix would have turned 70 years old on Tuesday.

The American musician, who shot to fame in the late 1960s, died at the age of 27 in September 1970. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest electric guitar players in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.

Influenced musically by American rock and roll and electric blues, following initial success in Europe with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the U.S. after his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, before dying from drug-related asphyxia at the age of 27.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked his three non-posthumous studio albums, Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968) among the top 100 Greatest Albums of All Time. The magazine also ranked Hendrix number one on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and number six on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.