Jimi Hendrix vs. the Doors – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals
Neither act has had it easy in our 100-percent fan-voted competition, but they've both earned decisive victories against their opponents. The Doors beat Jeff Beck in the opening round before edging past Creedence Clearwater Revival in the semifinals; Hendrix, meanwhile, steamrolled Janis Joplin before crushing the Grateful Dead in his own semifinals battle.
Both acts contributed immeasurably to rock's continued ascendancy in the '60s, and both offered tragic contributions to the "27 Club" of musicians who've passed at that unreasonably young age, but they also worked in distinctly different styles -- Hendrix's guitar prowess influenced untold legions of younger players, while Doors frontman Jim Morrison helped set a template for the bad-boy mystique favored by so many of his successors.
So which one gets your vote? As always, the winner of this contest will be decided completely by you, and you can vote once an hour between now and when the polls close at 11:59 PM on Jan. 26. This month’s inductee will be announced on Jan. 27. Be sure to read our official rules.
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