Just like Ray Charles was one of the greatest country singers of his generation, Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest blues guitarists of his. Jimi wanted his "Red House" blues to be included on his 1967 'Are You Experienced' debut, but it wasn't. On the new 2-CD (or four-sided vinyl) 'Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival' live album (Legacy Recordings), he plays it and plays it hard.(as well as 15 others) just 74 days before his death.
In an almost tear-jerking speech, Bob Dylan brought the MusiCares pre-Grammy event to its knees, knocking his dissenters and paying his respect to the people who gave him a stool to stand on. For Mr. Dylan, who rarely makes appearance if he isn't performing, this speech came almost 50 years in the making.
Something that always fascinated me were the lives of old rock 'n' rollers. Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix were described by my father as "exceptionally insane" as he played them for me in his Mercedes as a kid. Had I known classical music produced rock stars like the world-renowned Valery Gergiev, I may have taken up classical guitar instead of rock.
André 3000 has kept prolificacy as of late. He's reunited with Outkast and done a tour celebrating 20 years since their debut release. Now, the ever-so-cool Mr. 3000 performs under his real name, André Benjamin, and maybe one you've heard before: Jimi Hendrix, in a new biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side.
Directed by John Ridley, 'Jimi: All Is by My Side' stars Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Burn Gorman...and André Benjamin as Hendrix, himself.
The guitar is a tricky instrument. Most play it but few master it. And those who reach master status are often known on an international scale. From Jimi Hendrix to recent birthday boy Joe Pass, the guitar speaks myriad languages, settling in various nooks and crannies of the mind.
In honor of America's 237th birthday, Classicalite takes a look back on some of the more, err, idiosyncratic renditions of this great country's national anthem.