Johnny Allen Hendrix also known as James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix is an American singer-songwriter/musician that was born on November 27, 1970 in Seattle, Washington. His love in music was started when he was young, while he was with his father collecting garbage in an old house and he found Ukulele with one string. Through the song of Elvis Presley he started learning to play the mini instrument but after a while he got his first acoustic and makes a part time job through playing the instrument.
He’s first band was “Velvetones” which he got his first electric guitar bought by his father. He begins to perform in “Temple De Hirsch” and that’s the way to attend Washington Junior High School. At the age of 19, he went to prison due to riding in stolen car and he was asked to choose if he wants to be a prisoner or he will be an army. Jimi decided to join the army but after one year he decided to leave the army and pursue his passion as a singer after the incident of breaking his leg in parachute jumping.
Jimi’s first project was forming a band entitled “The King Kasuals” and soon after Wilson Pickett, Slim Harpo, and Sam Cooke as well as Jackie Wilson joined the band as musicians but the group did not take long and Jimi separated his way and became the part of “The Isley’s Brother” as guitarist.
He became popular in 1966 when he met Chas Chandler (former member of the band Animals) that became his manager. He went to London due to the advice of Chas and they formed the band “The Jimi Hendrix Experienced” together with Noel Redding along with Mitch Mitchell. They released their first band album called “Are You Experienced” on 12th of May, 1967 followed by “Axis: Bold as Love” and “Electric Ladyland” on 1968.
Jimi received positive feedback and admirers including the Beatles, Eric Clapton with The Who who believe in his unique and extraordinary playing skills in guitar. In 1970, he worked with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles and formed the “Band of Gypsys”. The band introduced a self titled album that was out on 25th of March 1970 that reached number 18 in Billboard Top 200 and it was the bestselling album for Jimi.
After the success, Jimi died at the age of 27 years old due to drug difficulty, Asphyxia and Monika Dannemann is the merely the witness in his death. Jimi leaves a legacy to his fans, friends and co-workers with his humor and extraordinary talent. He received the Hollywood Walk of Fame that was put on Hollywood Boulevard, Rock and Roll of Fame in 1991, Lifetime Achievement awards well as the UK Music Hall of Fame and many more.
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