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Q: How Did Jimi Hendrix Actually Kiss the Sky?

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A: When we talk about the greatest rock ‘n’ roll guitarists of all-time, there’s Jimi Hendrix and then there’s everyone else (no offense, Mr. Clapton). Hendrix did things with his guitar that people didn’t know were possible. To see him play on stage was to see a musician so comfortable and proficient with his instrument it seemed like a fifth limb.

Of course, just like Jimi played music in excess, Jimi did drugs in excess. He was only 27 when he was pronounced dead in 1970, and although the details are muddy as to what exactly took place during his final hours, the facts are these: Jimi spent the night of September 17-18, 1970, in London, partying with a German girlfriend, Monika Danneman. At 3:00 a.m. she fixed Jimi a tuna fish sandwich, and they went to bed. She awoke around 10:20 the next morning to find Jimi with vomit around his mouth and nose, unable to wake up.

He was rushed to St. Mary Abbott’s Hospital, but en route he choked on his own vomit (definitely not on someone else’s). Sadly, he was pronounced DOA, the official cause listed as “inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication” – a strange, unfortunate, and untimely death for one of the true rock gods. So appreciate what he gave us and watch your own vomit – we’ll probably never see another like him.

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  • http://jpspencer.blogspot.com/ J. P. Spencer

    How did Jimi Hendrix kiss the sky? Based on the lyric (” ‘scuse me while I kiss the sky”), he did it after some type of gastric accident. Drugs take the best of them, and Jimi was irreplacable.

    P.S., I always viewed Eric Clapton as an adequate blues guitarist who got lucky with the bands he found himself a part of. If I wanted to start a blues/rock band, I’d probably start by drafting Stevie Ray Vaughn or Mike Bloomfield.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Did he also smell the glove?

  • Vern Halen

    Had Jimi not died young, 6 really could’ve been 9.

  • lauren

    jimis the best i dont care what any one says

  • hendrix

    my father was jimmy hendricks”fan.He name me after him.I was born on the 27th december,1978.
    I also listen to him,is the best of all time.