It's amazing the power of Jimi Hendrix's legacy. When I heard him do the national anthem, I thought, `Wow, what a genius!' And then I knew why people had worshipped his guitar playing. He was an inventive guitar player and, unlike a few of the other greats, he was not afraid to try something (different). Although his playing was blues-based and inspired by people like B.B. King, he truly played from the heart. He was unique.
Source : http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/17/jimi-hendrix-paying-tribute-40-years-later/