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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix: A true legend of music
Jimi Hendrix, the greatest guitarist in rock history, revolutionized the sound of rock. In
1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience rocked the nation with their first album, Are You
Experienced?. Hendrix's life was cut short by the tragedy of drugs in 1970, when he was
only twenty seven years old. In these three years the sound of rock changed greatly, and
Hendrix's guitar playing was a major influence. Jimi was born in Seattle, Washington on
November 27, 1942. As a young boy, whenever the chance came, Jimi would try to play along
with his R & B records. However, music was not his life long dream. At first, the army
was. In the late 1950's, Hendrix enlisted in the 101st Airborne Division. After sustaining
a back injury during a jump, he received a medical discharge. After his army career came
to an abrupt end, he decided to go into the music field. By this time he had become an
accomplished guitarist, and was soon to become known as the greatest guitarist ever.
However, he did not start out at the top. Jimi started out playing as part of the back-up
for small time R & B groups. It did not take long before his work was in demand with some
of the best known artists in the field, such as B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Solomon
Burke, Jackie Wilson, Littler Richard, Wilson Pickett, and King Curtis. Using the name
Jimmy James, he toured with a bunch of R & B shows, including six months as a member of
James Brown's Famous Flames. At the Cafe Wha! in New York, in 1966, Hendrix decided to try
singing. Jimi lucked out when a man by the name of Charles Chas Chandler from Eric
Burdon's Animals heard him at the club and thought he was sensational. When Chas heard him
again later that year, he talked Jimi into moving to England where he would really get the
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