Jimi Hendrix

By Gabby Wheeler

­How did this musical artist or group change Rock and Roll/Rhythm and Blues forever?

He expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before

­Summarize the Roots of Rock “n” roll/Rhythm and Blues

Rock and roll, The roots of rock and roll lay in African American BLUES and GOSPEL. As the Great Migration brought many African Americans to the cities of the north, the sounds of RHYTHM AND BLUES attracted suburban teens. Due to segregation and racist attitudes, however, none of the greatest artists of the genre could get much airplay Rhythm and blues, Influenced by African roots, field hollers, ballads, church music and rhythmic dance tunes called jump-ups evolved into a music for a singer who would engage in call-and-response with his guitar. He would sing a line, and the guitar would answer.

Today, what makes this musical artist or group still popular

More than any other musician, Jimi Hendrix realized the fullest range of sound that could be obtained from an amplified instrument. Many musical currents came together in his playing. Free jazz, Delta blues, acid rock, R&B, soul, hardcore funk, and the songwriting of Bob Dylan and the Beatles all figured as influences. Yet the songs and sounds generated by Hendrix were original, otherworldly and virtually indescribable. In essence, Hendrix channeled the music of the cosmos, anchoring it to the earthy beat of rock and roll

­What are some of their top songs?

All along the watchtower

Voodoo child

Purple haze

Little wings

Hey joe

The wind cries Mary

Fire

Foxy lady

Crosstown traffic

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