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Artist Of The Week: Jimi Hendrix

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Interesting Facts About Jimi Hendrix

  •  John Allen Hendrix was born in Seattle, WA on November 27th 1942
  • When his father, Al Hendrix, returned from the Army, he renamed him James Marshall Hendrix
  • He didn’t become Jimi Hendrix until he arrived in London in 1966.
  • He dropped out of High School and enlisted in the Army in May 1959, becoming a member of ‘The Screaming Eagles’ 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a trainee paratrooper. Less than a year later he received a medical discharge after breaking an ankle on his twenty-sixth parachute jump.
  • The first instrument Jimi learned to play was a one-string Ukulele his father bought for him after Jimi was caught playing the broom like a guitar.
  • His father bought Jimi his first $5 acoustic guitar when he was fifteen-years-old. A year later Al purchased his first electric guitar, a Supro Ozark 1560S.
  • Hendrix’s is known for his outrageous guitar techniques. He could play with his teeth, behind his back, and fans were amazed.

 

  • He played his Fender Stratocaster upside down to accommodate for him being left handed.
  • His father thought being left handed was a sign of evil.
  • He could not read music, and was self-taught.
  • In 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival, Jimi took the stage following The Who. While Pete Townshend smashed his guitar and tossed it into the crowd, Jimi set his on fire.
  • He played backup guitar for Ike and Tina Turner, Little Richard, King Curtis, The Isley Brothers, and Wilson Pickett.
  • He learned to play by ear and would often use words or colors to express what he wanted to communicate.
  • His dreams are what inspired many of his songs.
  • Hendrix once met 1950’s rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, but Lewis declined to shake his hand.
  • One of his most memorable performances was at Woodstock in 1969, where he performed “The Star Spangled Banner.”

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