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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix ; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Despite a limited mainstream exposure of four years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues , following his initial success in Europe with the Jimi Hendrix Experience , he achieved fame in the US after his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival . Later, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, before dying from drug-related asphyxia at the age of 27. Instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback , Hendrix favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain .
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the rock music era. The group's best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison , and Ringo Starr .
Kings of Leon is a Grammy winning American rock band that originated in Talihina, Oklahoma but formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocals , rhythm guitar ), Ivan Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drums , percussion , backing vocals ) and Michael Jared Followill (b.