Celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday – By 1967, Hendrix had gone to London and had formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Here, Hendrix is seen with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, far right.
Celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday – Seen here in October 1967, Hendrix receives an award from Radio One DJ Jimmy Savile. The Experience's first single, "Hey Joe," was released that year and was a phenomenal hit in the U.K. Another smash, "Purple Haze," and the group's double-platinum first album "Are You Experienced?" soon followed.
Celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday – While he was surging in popularity across the pond, Jimi Hendrix and his captivating way of playing guitar soon became known to U.S. audiences. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, seen here at the London Airport in August 1967, performed at the Monterey Pop Festival.
Celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday – With the release of albums "Axis: Bold as Love" and "Electric Ladyland" in 1968, Hendrix, as seen here performing in the late '60s, was turning into a larger-than-life rock musician.
Celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday – Here, Jimi Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell board a plane in London in 1968, along with various members of the Byrds, the Soft Machine and the Alan Price Set. The Experience disbanded in 1969, but that same year Hendrix gave a memorable performance at Woodstock.
Celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday – Between the end of The Experience and his death in 1970, Hendrix went on to form the Band of Gypsys with an Army friend, Billy Cox, which yielded a self-titled album. Hendrix and Cox also collaborated with Mitch Mitchell from The Experience, which brought about the 1971 album "The Cry of Love."
Celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday – Here, Hendrix performs at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970, which according to Rolling Stone was the rock guitarist's last concert before his death.