The Jimi Hendrix Facts

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25 septembre 2018


Jimi Hendrix was such a presence in the 1960’s music scene of milestones 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 of his waking hours playing with the guitar. He listened to records 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 short stint in the army where he met with Billy Cox, fellow musician, Jimi formed a band and moved to Clarksville, Tennessee. Right from the start the outrageous Jimi Hendrix character came with Hendrix learning to play the guitar with his teeth in imitation of guitarists he had associated with during his career. After a tough time making a living in New York, where he was hired as part of the backup band of Little Richard Hendrix joined the Isley Brothers group and went on tour.

Former bassist Chas Chandler, with The Animals, was searching for an artist to perform to. The tune was »Hey Joe » and Chandler enjoyed the way Jimi Hendrix played it. So much so that he assisted Jimi and assisted him to enlist English bass player Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as members of his team, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. At this time Hendrix met and jammed during an appearance with his new group. As he became in London The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who became fans 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). Jimi set his guitar alight on stage at the end of his act as part of a trip from The Walker Brothers. 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 opportunity to present his stage persona and guitar playing to crowds in the usa at the Monterey Pop Festival. It was here that he became known as the guy who smashes and burns guitars on stage. Jimi heard Frank Zappa with a wah-wah pedal and immediately incorporated it into his 18, the month.

« Axis: Bold As Love », Jimi’s second album was released in December 1967 and featured the wah-wah pedal and several other electronic effects. « Electric Ladyland » premiered 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 primary action at the Woodstock festival. He ended the set and played for two hours.

Jimi Hendrix gave his final concert at the Isle. His final appearance was in a jam session with Eric Burdon and War in Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.

Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 after drowning in his vomit. He had a large number of wine and, according to his friend Monika Dannemann, he had taken sleeping pills.

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