Okay, here is a sort of rough draft
Jimi Hendrix is the undoubtedly the greatest guitarist of all time. In 1967, Hendrix shook the guitar and entire music scene with the release of his debut album Are You Experienced?. Although not the most technically gifted guitarist, Hendrix's emotion, flare, and presence made him an instant legend. Not only did he have the ability to be original, but he could take sons like "All Along The Watchtower" (a song by Bob Dylan) and make it his own. Every guitarist that played during and after Hendrix's time has been either directly or indirectly influenced by him.
Even though Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27, his impact on guitar-playing can never be understated. A certain number one.
Essential Recordings: Purple Haze, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along The Watchtower
Great description. However, I don’t think that saying that he is not the most technical gifted guitarist is accurate. For example his technique with feedback, distortion and other effects is simply the best.
Also, a good list of essential recordings should have at least 10 songs:
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
All Along The Watchtower
Third Stone from the Sun
The Wind Cries Mary
Bold as Love