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Hendrix At 70: “Like Getting A Blessing From The Pope” – Robert Lamm Of Chicago

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November 27th marks 70 years since the birth of Jimi Hendrix, the man who changed electric guitar and rock and roll forever. Throughout November, CBS Local will  remember the legendary musician’s life and career.

Hendrix is credited with being one of the founders of hard rock music, with artists from Def Leppard to Lemmy citing him as a huge influence. But his impact has been felt in every corner of popular music: Robert Lamm of Chicago tells CBS Local that his band was doing horn-based arrangements of Hendrix songs early on. Hendrix became a fan and supporter of the group, and when he expressed respect for Chicago’s late guitarist/leader Terry Kath, it meant a lot to the entire group.

In other Hendrix news, fans can experience some of his early singles the way they were intended: in analog and mono on vinyl 45’s, courtesy of Experience Hendrix and Sundazed Records.

Brian Ives, CBS Local 

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