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Why is Jimi Hendrix so revered as a guitar player?

hmm well I think a majority of his early songs like Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Red House, Wind Cries Mary, Voodoo Child etc were based in blues (especially Red House which is now a blues standard) but I implore you to explore more of Hendrix’s catalog:

Third Stone from the Sun is psychedelic rock and we see Hendrix made use of feedback and whammy quite nicely here

Bold as Love, Little Wing and Castles made of sand are nice ballads with unusual chords that I guess we would call ‘Hendrixian’ now

Still Raining Still Dreaming, Rainy Day Dream Away and Burning of the midnight lamp are nice wah soaked tunes that are rooted in psychedelic/funk

1983 a Merman should be is an amazing track and is almost unlike anything else that was released at the time. It’s an experimental psychedelic studio tune that everyone should give a listen to

and of course Machine Gun is not only one of the greatest electric guitar performances ever, but some would say to this day no other guitar player has managed to fit so much emotion and be able to express it with their guitar as much as Hendrix did, he emulates the sounds of bombs dropping and planes diving (this is because the context was the Vietnam War which Hendrix was strongly opposed to) using his whammy, Octavia, Univibe, Fuzz face and feedback, it was complete and utter mastery of the electric guitar

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Sports

Is the just-deceased John Havlicek one of the 25 best NBA players ever?

Absolutely. John Havlicek is one of the most underrated players I think. Here are some facts about him:

-stats: 21/6/5 (one of the most well rounded players ever and a point forward before it existed)
-8x champion and 8–0 in the Finals (yes a better record than Jordan!)
-Finals MVP
-13x All star
-11x All-NBA
-8x All-Defensive

-He was the best two way forward before Scottie Pippen and Kawhi Leonard came on the scene.

-He was one of the most clutch players ever. “Havlicek steals the ball!” is one of the most memorable moments in NBA Finals history

-A consummate teammate and team player, never putting his ego above anyone else’s

-part of two completely different Celtics teams.. the Russell driven team of the 60s and the Cowens driven team of the 70s.

-one of the five best white players in NBA history

-one of the top 7 small forwards in NBA history

-one of the three best Celtics ever

-probably the greatest sixth man in NBA history (sorry Manu and McHale)

-He’s the 18th greatest player of all time to me, right behind Durant and ahead of Pettit

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Sports

Which professional sports team had the greatest era of unchallenged dominance?

New York Yankees (1921–1964)

20 World Series titles and 29 AL pennants in 44 years. Never has another professional sports team been so dominant. The Yankees won almost half of all the World Series titles during this 4 decade dominance. Legendary players such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle etc played for the team during this dominant time.

Boston Celtics (1957–1969)

13 seasons. 11 Championships (8 won in a row). 12 Finals. This coincides also with Bill Russell’s career, which started and ended at the exact same times. No other NBA team has been so dominant. Only lost one Finals during this remarkable span. No other player in professional sports history has as many rings as Bill Russell. In addition to Russell, this legendary dynasty contained such HOFers as Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman, Sam Jones, and John Havlicek.

Montreal Canadiens (1953–1979)

During this 27 year period, the Canadiens won a remarkable 16 Stanley Cups, almost 60% of the time! Such legendary NHL players as Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur played for the Canadiens during this time.

Green Bay Packers (1961–1967)

5 Super Bowl wins in 7 years. Not quite as long a period of dominance as the other teams I mentioned but as dominant an NFL team as you can get. They had such notable HOFers as Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung.