Jimi Hendrix,the former soldier turned guitar genius would have been 70 years old today, which is a good enough reason to watch Little Richard circa 1973 wearing a Hendrix costume waxing imperial on Seattle's greatest musical export.
But Jimi's infliuence transcended music and bled into the other arts as well. For instance, here's comedian Michael Winslow covering Jimi's most famous song. You know who Winslow is even if you don't know his name.
That's right, it's the guy from the Police Academy movies who made all the funny noises. In an alternate universe, no Jimi means no Michael Winslow. Which means Police Academy tanks. Which means no sequels. Which means Steve Guttenberg never gets to prove that sci-fi and heart aren't mutually exclusive, and Bobcat Goldthwait never makes it big enough to do "the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies."
On the plus side, no Jimi means you'd never, ever have to watch a video of Gary Sinise getting down with his side project, The Lt. Dan Band. I love how the camera stays on Sinise the whole time, because what everyone wants to see during a live rendition of Purple Haze is whether or not the guy from CSI has the Noel Redding part down.
Aaaaaaanyway, that aside, it's good that we live in Jimi's universe. Enough of my pithy words. Here's the man himself performing "Machine Gun."