Hendrix wowed the crowd with a performance at The Bag O’Nails nightclub in London in front of Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and more in attendance. He later signed a record deal and released iconic tracks such as ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘The Wind Cries Mary’. It was these releases, along with his free-flowing rock/psych/blues sound and even setting his guitar on fire at the London Astoria, that solidified Hendrix as a music icon. The album ‘Are You Experienced’ peaked at Number 2 on the UK record charts and Hendrix went on to have multiple charting singles and albums.
By 1969 Hendrix was the world’s highest-paid rock musician and headlined the iconic and highly popular Woodstock festival. This performance has been quoted as 'the most iconic moment of the sixties' and live imagery often shows Hendrix stood among a vast, enormous wall of Marshall full stacks. Jimi Hendrix travelled back to England in 1970 and jammed with the band ‘War’ at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club 48 hours before his unfortunate and tragic death.