The Jimi Hendrix Facts

The Jimi Hendrix Facts

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was a dominant presence in the late 1960's music scene his career was full of landmarks of one kind or another. So what"facts" help us see this unique character more clearly? Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle. A family friend sold him a guitar when he was fifteen years old. From then on he spent all his waking hours playing with the guitar. He listened to recordings by B.B. King and Muddy Waters, and imitated what he heard. He got to know some other guitar lessons and learned from them.

After a stint in the military where he met with fellow musician, Billy Cox, Jimi formed a group and moved to Clarksville, Tennessee. Right from the beginning the outrageous Jimi Hendrix character came with Hendrix learning to play the guitar with his teeth in imitation of other guitarists he had associated with during his brief career. After a difficult time making a living in New York, where he had been hired as a member of the backup band of Little Richard, the Isley Brothers band was joined by Hendrix and went on tour.

Former bassist Chas Chandler, with The Animals, was looking to perform to. The tune was"Hey Joe" and Chandler liked how Jimi Hendrix played it. So much so that he assisted Jimi in moving to London and helped him to enlist English bass player Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as members of his new team, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. At this time Hendrix jammed during an appearance with his band and met. As he became more The Who and The Rolling Stones became lovers of his music.

Later that year, Jimi recorded"Hey Joe" as his first single with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, followed by"Stone Free","Purple Haze" and"The Wind Cries Mary" (all Hendrix compositions). In March 1967 Jimi set his guitar alight as part of a tour. In May 1967 the group released their first LP, "Are You Experienced" which reached number two in England behind The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

In June 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival, Jimi Hendrix got the chance to present his flamboyant stage persona and individualistic guitar playing to crowds in the usa. It was here that he became known as the man who burns and smashes guitars on stage. The following month Jimi heard Frank Zappa using a wah-wah pedal and immediately incorporated it.

"Axis: Bold As Love", Jimi's second album was released in December 1967 and featured the wah-wah pedal and various other electronic effects. "Electric Ladyland" was released in 1968 and included"All Along The Watchtower", a song written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan as an acoustic number, and"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)". It featured Jimi on bass in separating himself from The Experience at that 20, as Noel Redding was engaged.

In August 1969 Jimi Hendrix was the main act at the Woodstock festival. He ended the set and played for 2 hours.

Jimi Hendrix gave his last concert in the Isle. His final public appearance was in a jam session with Eric Burdon and War.

Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970. He had drunk a large amount of red wine and, according to his friend Monika Dannemann, he had taken sleeping pills.

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