Rock star guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who died 42 years ago aged 27, would have been celebrating his 70th birthday today had he lived. 

As the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group share space with his iconic statue we felt a birthday mention was in order.

The statue forms a gateway to the permanent exhibition of past and future Isle of Wight music festivals.

This life-size bronze statue (pictured) of Jimi Hendrix stands outside the home of a pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Sculpted by John Swindells, it was commissioned by John Giddings, a Dimbola trustee and promoter of the Isle of Wight festival.

Guitar Hero Number One.

So much as been written about the man, and so much has been hypothesized about what he would have done had he not passed away at 27 years old on September 18, 1970.

  • The guitarist and songwriter found fame in the UK first. 
  • Manager of the Animals Chas Chandler discovered Jimi and invited him to England.
  • Hendrix only recorded three studio albums including songs such as ‘Purple Haze,’ ‘Foxy Lady,’ ‘Hey Joe,’ ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ ‘Voodoo Child’ and ‘Fire’ and they remain classics to this day.
  • His final festival appearance was in 1970 on the Isle of Wight.