Jimi Hendrix is a legendary guitarist and musician. His sound was original, combining jazz, blues, acid rock, funk, and the influence of several musicians like Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Jimi began playing in New York before being discovered by Chas Chandler who took him to London where he became immersed in the psychedelic movement and formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band broke up in July 1969, but Jimi went on to perform at Woodstock and several other major venues before his death on September 18, 1970. Jimi Hendrix changed the sound of rock_'n'_roll and influenced the use of the electric guitar before his untimely death stopped this artist from continuing on to make even greater rock music.

27 Nov 1942 1
Seattle, Washington 1
18 Sep 1970 1
London, England 1

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Full Name:
James Marshall Hendrix 1
Also known as:
Johnny Allen Hendrix; 2
Also known as:
Jimi 1
27 Nov 1942 1
Seattle, Washington 1
Male 1
18 Sep 1970 1
London, England 1
Cause: Suffocation, choking on vomit due to barbiturate intoxication 1
Musician 1
Gypsy, Sun and Rainbows Band Members:
Billy Cox: Bass 1
Jerry Velez: Percussion 1
Jimi Hendrix: Guitar 1
Juma Sultan: Percussion 1
Larry Lee: Rhythm Guitar 1
Mitch Mitchell: Drums 1
Jimi Hendrix Experience Band Members:
Jimi Hendrix: Guitar 1
Mitch Mitchell: Drums 1
Noel Redding: Bass 1
Band of Gypsies begin “The Cry of Love” tour:
28 Apr 1970 3
Dies in his sleep in London. He was 27:
18 Sep 1970 3
Hendrix debuts Gypsy Sun and Rainbows at Woodstock:
18 Aug 1969 3
Performs at the Isle of Wight Festival in England:
30 Aug 1970 3
Plays Bill Graham’s Fillmore East in New York:
31 Dec 1969 3
The Experience breaks up:
29 Jun 1969 3
"Electric Ladyland" is released:
25 Oct 1968 3
Al Hendrix buys Jimi first electric guitar:
June 1959 3
Enlists in the Army:
June 1961 3
Father buys him a second-hand acoustic guitar:
June 1958 3
Forms a band called Jimmy James & the Blue Flames:
01 Jun 1966 3
Forms a band, the King Kasuals:
Fort Campbell, Kentucky 3
Forms a band, the King Kasuals:
01 Nov 1961 3
Gets an honorable discharge from the Army:
02 Jul 1962 3
Goes to New York with Little Richard's band:
01 Apr 1965 3
Goes to see Elvis perform at Sicks Stadium:
01 Sep 1957 3
He & Chandler fly to London:
24 Sep 1966 3
His mother dies:
02 Feb 1958 3
Jimi Hendrix Experience holds its first rehearsal:
06 Oct 1966 3
Jimi Hendrix Experience records first two songs:
23 Oct 1966 3
Jimi Hendrix Experience release “Hey Joe”:
16 Dec 1966 3
Jimi joins the Rocking Kings:
July 1959 3
Performs at Monterey International Pop Festival:
18 Jun 1967 3
Releases “Axis: Bold as Love":
01 Dec 1967 3
The Experience embarks on a major U.S. tour:
01 Feb 1968 3
The Experience plays its last British performance:
24 Feb 1969 3

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Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix took the stage at Woodstock at 7:30 on the morning of August 18, 1969. His performance is best known for his version of The Star Spangled Banner. His rock_'n'_roll style of the U.S. national anthem quickly became one of the most memorable highlights of the Woodstock Festival. 

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Jimi Hendrix learned to play guitar at the age of 12, while growing up in Seattle, Washington, drawing influence from blues legends like B.B. King and Robert Johnson. At first he would play in local bands for Cokes and burgers. In 1959, at 17, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he served as a parachute jumper until an injury led to his discharge. By 1963 he was playing as a backup guitarist for the likes of  Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson and others. Though left handed, he used right handed model guitars and played them upside down.

He didn't go it alone till 1965, after hearing Bob Dylan sing. He had held himself back up till that point, as he didn't care for his own singing, but figured if Dylan could make it with his weird sounding voice, so could he. He first went by the name Jimmy James, his band was called the Blue Flames, and he first started playing the Blues in Greenwich Village, NY clubs. Word started to spread fast in town about this new guitarist who could get sounds out of his Stratocaster that no one ever heard before. Musicians from all over the City would stop in to see him play, and one of them, in town for a visit, was bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals. Blown away like everybody else by what he heard, Chandler talked Hendrix into moving to England, where Chandler promised to make him a star. 

In England, Chandler became Hendrix's manager, had him go back to using his real name (which had been changed from Johnny Allen Hendrix, to James Marshall Hendrix by his father, when he was a boy). He also hooked him up with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, forming the Jimi Hendrix Experience. With both original material from Hendrix, and covers, they quickly became a hit in the UK, and were about to conquer the rest of the world, including America.

Jimi's debut album with the Experience, titled Are You Experienced?, was released first only in England, in early 1967. This album showed that Hendrix was not only a great guitarist, but also a first-rate songwriter, and the songs "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze," and "The Wind Cries Mary" would all become top ten hits there. In June of '67 he returned to America and played at the Monterey Pop Festival, where he had to follow the Who's great performance. He watch Peter Townsend smash his guitar on stage, so to go one up on him, Hendrix closed out his set by burning his guitar. But it was his great mind blowing performance that day, that really was what would be remembered from that show, and in turn help make him a superstar. He first toured the US as a second-billed act to of all bands, the Monkees, but soon would tour on his own as an opener. Are You Experienced? was released in the US with some different cuts than what was found on the UK release, but still, it was a huge hit.

Hendrix would only record three fully conceived studio albums in his short lifetime, the other two being  Axis: Bold as Love - his second album, released in 1968, and the double-LP Electric Ladyland, also recorded in '68.

In early 1969 Jimi disbanded the Jimi Hendrix Experience. That May he was busted in Toronto, Canada, for heroin, but was later found innocent of the charges. In August of '69 he closed out the Woodstock Festival with a temporary band he put together for the show, called the Electric Sky Church. There, his version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" would blew everybody away, the song had never been played in that style, nor would it ever again. After Woodstock, Hendrix formed a new band, The Band of Gypsies, with an old friend from the Air Force, Billy Cox, who played bass, and Buddy Miles on drums. 

The band's New Year's Eve concert at the Fillmore East in New York City provided them with material for their live album, Band of Gypsys. But this new lineup didn't last long. In early 1970, the Experience re-formed again - only to disbanded once more a short time later. During this time Jimi was recording a lot of new material, but still no new studio album was planned, as he could not find the right group of musicians that he wanted to play and tour with. But by mid ' 70 Hendrix brought back Mitchell and Cox to back him on tour and to begin work on a new double album that Jimi had tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun. Several tracks were recorded for the new album, but sadly, the album was left unfinished when Hendrix died on September 18, 1970. The cause of death, noted on the coroner's report was: "inhalation of vomit after barbiturate intoxication." 

Hendrix recorded a massive amount of unreleased studio material during his lifetime. Much of this (as well as entire live concerts) was issued posthumously. There were many claims placed on his estate, including one by his later to be legally recognized young son. After a lengthy legal dispute, the rights to Hendrix's estate, including all of his recordings, was turned over to Al Hendrix, the guitarist's father, in July of 1995. It was after this that many of the better posthumous albums were released, minus the 1970s overdubs use on some earlier releases. Hendrix's family would also launched Dagger Records, an authorized bootleg label to supply hardcore fans with material that would be of limited commercial appeal, including several live concerts and a collection of studio jams and demos called Morning Symphony Ideas. 

The San Bernardino County Sun, 19 Sep 1970, Sat, Page 1

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