Jimmy Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential musicians in music history. Jimi

Hendrix was one of the most exciting and creative guitar players ever. He mixed

Blues and Rock & Roll together to create some of the most unique music ever
played. Jimi had only four years of fame, but unlike others, has become even
bigger in the 20 years after his death. Jimiís parents, Al Hendrix and Lucille

Jeter got married in Seattle, Washington on March 31, 1942. Soon after Johnny (Jimi)

Allen Hendrix was born in Seattle on November 27, 1942. Al and Lucille got
divorced in December, 1951, because of Alís drinking problems. Al was granted
custody of Jimi and his two brothers, Leon and Joseph. Shortly thereafter,

Lucille Hendrix died of tuberculosis. Jimi did not attend her funeral because
his father would not allow it and he had no way to get there. Unfortunately
financial problems caused the brothers to be separated. Joseph was adopted and

Leon was in and out of foster homes. As a young boy, Jimi loved to listen to his
fathers Jazz and Classic Blues records. In Jimiís teenage years, he listened
to Rock & Roll and R & B songs on the radio. Al quickly encouraged

Jimiís love for music by buying him a $5 acoustic guitar. With practice, Jimi
was soon playing songs off the radio and playing in local bands. In 1960, Jimi
quit high school. After a few problems with the law, he joined the Army. He
became a paratrooper, but was discharged after seven months because he broke his
ankle. Starting in October of 1962, Jimi went off to pursue his musical career.

Jimi was a pick-up guitarist for artists Little Richard, The Isley Brothers and

Sam Cooke. In 1966, Hendrix formed a band and elected to sing for the first
time. They had a regular spot in Greenwich Village, New York City. One night

Chas Chandler, the bass player for the Animals, saw Jimi and his band perform.

After the performance, Chandler was overwhelmed, he asked Hendrix if he would go
to London with him. That was the turning point of his career. On September 24,

1966, Jimi arrived in London. There he held auditions for a bass player and
drummer. After auditions, Jimi chose Noel Redding on bass guitar and Mitch

Mitchell on drums. The JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE was formed on October 6, 1966.

Three weeks later they recorded their first single, Hey Joe. It was released to
the public at the end of the year. By February, Hey Joe was the number 4 song on
the singles list. Jimi Hendrix was one of the hottest musicians in Britain. Soon
there after, Jimi wrote and recorded Purple Haze and The Wind Cries Mary, both
of which were huge hits. Then in May of 1967, Jimi released his first album, Are

You Experienced?, which was in second place on the charts the whole summer. Also
in May, they started studio recordings of Jimiís next album Axis : Bold As

Love. Finally, Jimi debuted in America at the Monterey Pop Festival in

California on June 18, 1967. Some consider this Jimiís best live performance.

He ran through and played all of their hits before the grand finale, when he
torched his guitar before smashing it on stage. Now not only was Jimi popular in

Britain, but in America as well. On December 1, 1967, The Jimi Hendrix

Experience released their new album, Axis: Bold As Love. In just a few weeks

Axis : Bold As Love was in the top twenty and rising. On January 21, 1968, Jimi
started recording his first song, All Along The Watchtower ,for his next album,

Electric Ladyland. Jimi worked on Electric Ladyland the entire summer of 1968
and completed in on August 27, 1968. The Spring of 1969 was a rough one. Jimi
was arrested at Toronto International Airport for possession of heroin and had
to pay $10,000 bail. Soon there after, The Jimi Hendrix Experience disbanded.

Noel Redding left for England and was replaced by Jimiís old army buddy, Billy

Cox. Mitch Mitchell left also, but soon returned when Jimi formed his new band,

Band of Gypsies . Jimi and his new band went to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair
in August 1969. The apex of this performance was his playing of the Star

Spangled Banner. This song was a meaningful, and compelling statement during the
height of civil rights and the Vietnam War. Jimi took some time off from
planning albums to tour Europe. A week into the tour, bass player, Billy Cox