viernes, 27 de noviembre de 2015

Hoy Jimi Hendrix hubiera cumplido 73 años


James Marshall «Jimi» Hendrix (nacido Johnny Allen Hendrix; Seattle, Estados Unidos, 27 de noviembre de 1942-Londres, Reino Unido, 18 de septiembre de 1970) fue un músico y cantautor estadounidense. Hendrix es considerado uno de los mejores y más influyentes guitarristas eléctricos de la historia de la música popular, y uno de los músicos más importantes del siglo XX. Musicalmente influido por el rock and roll y blues eléctrico americanos, tras tener un éxito inicial en Europa con su banda The Jimi Hendrix Experience, logró fama en los Estados Unidos tras un concierto en 1967 en el Festival Pop de Monterey. Más tarde, encabezó el Woodstock Festival en 1969, y el Isle of Wight Festival de 1970, antes de fallecer a los 27 años.
Es citado frecuentemente por varios artistas, por diversas revistas especializadas en música, por varios críticos y la prensa en general y por la admiración y el cariño de la gente como el más grande guitarrista de la historia del rock and roll, además de ser uno de los mayores innovadores y más influyentes artistas en una gran cantidad de géneros. Con The Jimi Hendrix Experience grabó cuatro LPs: Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland y un disco recopilatorio de grandes éxitos llamado Smash Hits. Sin embargo, hay innumerables grabaciones de actuaciones en directo que saldrían al mercado después de la muerte de Jimi. Las continuas presiones para mantener a la banda de gira, en agotadores festivales los llevaron al uso de las drogas. Al principio, las usaban sólo para mantener el tipo en sus innumerables conciertos, consumiendo eventualmente por puro placer. Más tarde se convirtió en una mera adicción. Cansados del excesivo protagonismo de Jimi Hendrix en la banda, Mitchell y Redding decidieron abandonar el grupo en 1969. Hendrix fue incluido en el Rock and Roll Hall of Fame en 1992.
En el año 2003, la revista Rolling Stone lo eligió como el mejor guitarrista de todos los tiempos y en 2004 lo incluyó en su lista de los mejores artistas de toda la historia (n.º 6). En 2009, la revista estadounidense Time lo situó como el mejor guitarrista de guitarra eléctrica de la historia, por delante de B. B. King, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards y Eric Clapton, entre otros.Igualmente, en 2003 la revista especializada británica Total Guitar, con el voto de más de 4000 lectores, eligió a Jimi Hendrix como el mejor guitarrista de la historia del rock. Además posee el mejor riff en la historia de la música por su canción «Voodoo Child» según una encuesta realizada en 2009 por la página especializada británica Music Radar, superando a otras bandas de renombre como The Who, Led Zeppelin y Deep Purple, entre otras.
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27. Hendrix was inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in utilizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He helped to popularize the use of a wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, and was the first artist to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: "Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began." Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year, and in 1968, Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band's three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.

jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2015

Tina Turner cumple 78 años


Anna Mae Bullock (Nutbush, Tennessee, 26 de noviembre de 1937), conocida artísticamente como Tina Turner es una cantante, compositora, bailarina, actriz, escritora y coreógrafa de nacionalidad suiza y de origen estadounidense, cuya carrera se desarrolló durante más de cincuenta años, además de ser una de las principales y mayores componentes de rock siendo considerada como «La Reina del Rock».
Comenzó su carrera musical a mediados de los años 50 como cantante de funciones con Ike Turner en Kings of Rhythm, llegando a su primera grabación en 1958 bajo el nombre de Little Ann. Su introducción al mundo de la musica como Tina Turner comenzó en 1960 como una de los dos integrantes de la banda musical Ike & Tina Turner. El éxito siguió con una serie de éxitos notables entre la pareja como «River Deep - Mountain High» (1966), «Proud Mary» (1971) y «Nutbush City Limits» (1973), una canción que ella escribió. En su autobiografía llamada «I, Tina», reveló que ha tenido varios casos de grave violencia doméstica con Ike Turner antes de su divorcio. Criada como baptista, comenzó su fe en el budismo en 1974, confirmándose a esta religión y sus espirituales cantos para ayudar a soportar los momentos difíciles.
Tina Turner es conocida por sus enérgicas actuaciones en vivo, sus estrafalarios atuendos, su poderosa voz y su longeva trayectoria. Ha vendido más de 200 millones de álbumes en todo el mundo. En 2008 abandonó su semiretiro para recorrer el mundo con su gira Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, la cual se llevó a cabo también en 2009. La gira se convirtió en una de las más rentables de la historia del espectáculo.
En 2013 adquirió la nacionalidad helvética, a la vez que renunció a su nacionalidad estadounidense.Además confirmó ese año que se retiraba para siempre de la música.


Anna Mae Bullock (born November 26, 1939), better known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen. She began her musical career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name "Little Ann".Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including "A Fool in Love" "River Deep – Mountain High" (1966), "Proud Mary" (1971) and "Nutbush City Limits" (1973), a song which she herself wrote. In her autobiography, I, Tina, she revealed several instances of severe domestic abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. Raised as a Baptist, she melded her faith with Buddhism in 1971, crediting the religion and its spiritual chant of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for helping her to endure during difficult times After her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career through live performances. In the early 1980s, she launched a major comeback with another string of hits, starting in 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together" followed by the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer which became a worldwide success. "What's Love Got to Do with It", the lead single won three Grammy Awards including Record of the Year. Her solo success continued with the multi platinum albums Break Every Rule and Foreign Affair and with singles such as "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", "The Best" and "GoldenEye" for the James Bond film of the same name. "What's Love Got to Do with It" was later used as the title of a loosely based biographical film adapted from her autobiography. In addition to her musical career, Turner has also experienced success in films, including the role of Acid Queen in the 1975 rock musical Tommy, a starring role alongside Mel Gibson in the 1985 action film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and a cameo role in the 1993 film Last Action Hero. One of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, she has also been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. Turner has been termed the most successful female Rock 'n' Roll artist, receiving eleven Grammy Awards, including eight competitive awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame awards. Turner has also sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. Her combined album and single sales total approximately 100 million copies worldwide, making her one of the biggest selling females in music history.She is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, and career longevity. In 2008, Turner returned from semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. Turner's tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008–09. Rolling Stone ranked her no. 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time. In 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame