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Jimi Hendrix

United States · Person · 1942–1970
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the Chitlin' Circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager.<ref name=hendrix2017/> Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the U.S. after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the U.S.; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related a… Read more »

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News

ZAKK WYLDE Set For 2017 'Experience Hendrix Tour'

Lauded by critics and fans alike, the multi-artist Experience Hendrix Tour is set to return in 2017 to celebrate the music of Jimi Hendrix, long hailed as the genre's greatest innovator. This latest edition of the annual tour will be the most...

Jeff Beck Talks Seeing Jimi Hendrix, Topical New LP

In October 1966, guitarist Jeff Beck suddenly quit the English band the Yardbirds in the middle of a U.S. tour. "We were doing 600 miles a day in a bus, choked with people," Beck, 71, recalls with a bitter laugh. "And then we'd do three songs. I...

Jeff Beck Talks Seeing Jimi Hendrix, Topical New LP

In October 1966, guitarist Jeff Beck suddenly quit the English band the Yardbirds in the middle of a U.S. tour. "We were doing 600 miles a day in a bus, choked with people," Beck, 71, recalls with a bitter laugh. "And then we'd do three songs. I...

Step Inside Jimi Hendrix’s Swinging Mayfair Pad!

CONNOISSEURS OF JIMI HENDRIX and his Swinging London milieu will be cast into a timewarp as the flat that the guitar god occupied at 23 Brook Street in London’s Mayfair is opened to the public from February 10. Restored to its 1969 finery, the...

Videos

Jimi Hendrix - "Hear My Train A Comin'" with Eddie Kramer
Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train a Comin' (Audio)
Jimi Hendrix - "Mannish Boy" with Eddie Kramer
Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides of the Sky
Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides of the Sky ("Mannish Boy" Teaser)

Discography

People, Hell and Angels
2013 Official Album
Valleys of Neptune
2010 Official Album
Burning Desire
2006 Official Album
Live at Woodstock
2004 Official Album
Hear My Music
2004 Official Album
Morning Symphony Ideas
2000 Official Album

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