The Tragic Story Of Eric Clapton’s Final Gift To Jimi Hendrix

One of the greatest musicians of all time, Jimi Hendrix, hit the rock scene in the mid-’60s with his remarkable guitar performances and legendary songs. He has been an internationally famous guitarist as the inspiration and motivation for young people, and millions still mourn his unexcepted and early death.

Jimi Hendrix passed away because of asphyxia when he was intoxicated with barbiturates on September 18, 1970, at 27. His longtime friend, Eric Clapton, can’t forget what he felt when he heard that Jimi Hendrix died. Clapton was so sad and angry after his death that he couldn’t even listen to Hendrix’s songs for years.

Why Doesn’t Eric Clapton Ever Want To Hear Anything About Jimi Hendrix?

The friendship between Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix started when they jammed together in Regent Street Polytechnic. Clapton was playing for Cream back then, and he enjoyed playing with a talented guitarist like Hendrix. After their session, the pair continued to chat, drink and have fun for four hours.

Thus, there is no doubt that Eric Clapton was very sad and angry when he heard his beloved friend and colleague, Jimi Hendrix’s early and accidental death. That night, Clapton and Hendrix were going to meet at the Lyceum, and he also revealed that he bought a guitar for Hendrix, but he could never give his gift.

In Clapton’s words, he said:

After Jimi died, I was angry. I was incredibly angry. I thought it was, not selfish on his part but just erm, a lonely feeling—to be left alone. And after that, I kept running into people who kept shoving him down my throat ‘Have you heard this one he did, this one’s never been on record before.’

The night that he died I was supposed to meet him at the Lyceum to see Sly Stone play, and I brought with me a left-handed Stratocaster. I just found it, I think I bought it at Orange Music. I’d never seen one before, and I was gonna give it to him.

Consequently, that left-handed Stratocaster stayed with Clapton and became a painful memory, which made him decide not to listen to Hendrix’s works for a long time. Both Hendrix’s songs and the guitar always kept reminding Clapton of losing his beloved friend.