86 Facts About Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals became his manager.

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Jimi Hendrix achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US.

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Jimi Hendrix favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in popularizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback.

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Jimi Hendrix was one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of tone-altering effects units in mainstream rock, such as fuzz distortion, Octavia, wah-wah, and Uni-Vibe.

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Jimi Hendrix was the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings.

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Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: "Jimi Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source.

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Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Jimi Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Jimi Hendrix's paternal grandfather, Bertran Philander Ross Hendrix, was born in 1866 out of an extramarital affair between a woman named Fanny and a grain merchant from Urbana, Ohio, or Illinois, one of the wealthiest men in the area at that time.

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Johnny Allen Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle; he was the first of Lucille's five children.

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Jimi Hendrix spent two months locked up without trial, and while in the stockade received a telegram announcing his son's birth.

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Jimi Hendrix's relationship with his brother Leon was born on 1948 and was close but precarious; with Leon in and out of foster care, they lived with an almost constant threat of fraternal separation.

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On December 17, 1951, when Jimi Hendrix was nine years old, his parents divorced; the court granted Al custody of him and Leon.

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In 1957, while helping his father with a side-job, Jimi Hendrix found a ukulele amongst the garbage they were removing from an older woman's home.

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Jimi Hendrix's told him that he could keep the instrument, which had only one string.

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In 1958, Jimi Hendrix completed his studies at Washington Junior High School and began attending, but did not graduate from, Garfield High School.

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The first tune Jimi Hendrix learned to play was the television theme "Peter Gunn".

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18.

Jimi Hendrix joined the Rocking Kings, which played professionally at venues such as the Birdland club.

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In September 1962, after Cox was discharged from the Army, he and Jimi Hendrix moved about 20 miles across the state line from Fort Campbell to Clarksville, Tennessee, and formed a band, the King Kasuals.

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In Seattle, Jimi Hendrix saw Butch Snipes play with his teeth and now the Kasuals' second guitarist, Alphonso "Baby Boo" Young, was performing this guitar gimmick.

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Jimi Hendrix moved into the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, where he befriended Lithofayne Pridgon, known as "Faye", who became his girlfriend.

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22.

In February 1964, Jimi Hendrix won first prize in the Apollo Theater amateur contest.

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23.

In March 1964, Jimi Hendrix recorded the two-part single "Testify" with the Isley Brothers.

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24.

In July 1965, Jimi Hendrix made his first television appearance on Nashville's Channel 5 Night Train.

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25.

The Blue Flames played at several clubs in New York and Jimi Hendrix began developing his guitar style and material that he would soon use with the Experience.

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26.

Jimi Hendrix's invited him to join her for a drink, and the two became friends.

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27.

That night, Jimi Hendrix gave an impromptu solo performance at The Scotch of St James, and began a relationship with Kathy Etchingham that lasted for two and a half years.

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Thus, the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed their first show on October 13, 1966, at the Novelty in Evreux.

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29.

On June 4, 1967, Jimi Hendrix opened a show at the Saville Theatre in London with his rendition of Sgt.

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30.

On June 18, 1967, introduced by Brian Jones as "the most exciting performer [he had] ever heard", Jimi Hendrix opened with a fast arrangement of Howlin' Wolf's song "Killing Floor", wearing what author Keith Shadwick described as "clothes as exotic as any on display elsewhere".

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Shadwick wrote: "[Jimi Hendrix] was not only something utterly new musically, but an entirely original vision of what a black American entertainer should and could look like.

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32.

The set ended with Jimi Hendrix destroying his guitar and tossing pieces of it out to the audience.

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33.

When Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival he created one of rock's most perfect moments.

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34.

Author John McDermott wrote that "Jimi Hendrix left the Monterey audience stunned and in disbelief at what they'd just heard and seen".

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35.

Jimi Hendrix composed the album's title track and finale around two verses and two choruses, during which he pairs emotions with personas, comparing them to colors.

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36.

Jimi Hendrix's guitar playing throughout the song is marked by chordal arpeggios and contrapuntal motion, with tremolo-picked partial chords providing the musical foundation for the chorus, which culminates in what musicologist Andy Aledort described as "simply one of the greatest electric guitar solos ever played".

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Mitchell said: "Axis was the first time that it became apparent that Jimi Hendrix was pretty good working behind the mixing board, as well as playing, and had some positive ideas of how he wanted things recorded.

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38.

Electric Ladyland included Jimi Hendrix's cover of a Bob Dylan song, "All Along the Watchtower", which became Jimi Hendrix's highest-selling single and his only US top 40 hit, peaking at number 20; the single reached number five in the UK.

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In January 1969, after an absence of more than six months, Jimi Hendrix briefly moved back into his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham's Brook Street apartment, which was next door to what is the Handel and Jimi Hendrix museum in the West End of London.

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Jimi Hendrix was an important draw for the event, and although he accepted substantially less money for the appearance than his usual fee, he was the festival's highest-paid performer.

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41.

Legal dispute arose in 1966 regarding a record contract that Jimi Hendrix had entered into the previous year with producer Ed Chalpin.

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42.

Biographers have speculated that Jimi Hendrix formed the band in an effort to appease members of the Black Power movement and others in the black communities who called for him to use his fame to speak up for civil rights.

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43.

Band of Gypsys album was the only official live Jimi Hendrix LP made commercially available during his lifetime; several tracks from the Woodstock and Monterey shows were released later that year.

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That same month a single was issued with "Stepping Stone" as the A-side and "Izabella" as the B-side, but Jimi Hendrix was dissatisfied with the quality of the mastering and he demanded that it be withdrawn and re-mixed, preventing the songs from charting and resulting in Jimi Hendrix's least successful single; it was his last.

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45.

Jimi Hendrix had started writing songs for the album in 1968, but in April 1970 he told Keith Altham that the project had been abandoned.

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46.

Architect and acoustician John Storyk designed Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix, who requested that they avoid right angles where possible.

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47.

Jimi Hendrix boarded an Air India flight for London with Cox, joining Mitchell for a performance as the headlining act of the Isle of Wight Festival.

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48.

Jimi Hendrix was met with booing and jeering from fans in response to his cancellation of a show slated for the end of the previous night's bill due to torrential rain and risk of electrocution.

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Jimi Hendrix's performance was uncharacteristically subdued; he quietly played backing guitar, and refrained from the histrionics that people had come to expect from him.

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50.

Jimi Hendrix stopped for a drink and ended up spending most of the $400 that he had saved during his time in the Army.

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51.

Jimi Hendrix would try to explain this to people, but it didn't make sense because it was not linked to reality in any way.

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52.

Roby and Schreiber assert that Jimi Hendrix first used LSD when he met Linda Keith in late 1966.

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Shapiro and Glebbeek, however, assert that Jimi Hendrix used it in June 1967 at the earliest while attending the Monterey Pop Festival.

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54.

When Jimi Hendrix drank to excess or mixed drugs with alcohol, often he became angry and violent.

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55.

In 1969, Jimi Hendrix rented a house in Benedict Canyon, California, that was burglarized.

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56.

Jimi Hendrix spent much of September 17, 1970, with Monika Dannemann in London, the only witness to his final hours.

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Dannemann later revealed that Jimi Hendrix had taken nine of her prescribed Vesparax sleeping tablets, 18 times the recommended dosage.

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58.

The recordings, which came under the control of producer Ed Chalpin of PPX, with whom Jimi Hendrix had signed a recording contract in 1965, were often re-mixed between their repeated reissues, and licensed to record companies such as Decca and Capitol.

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59.

In 1993, MCA Records delayed a multimillion-dollar sale of Jimi Hendrix's publishing copyrights because Al Jimi Hendrix was unhappy about the arrangement.

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60.

Jimi Hendrix acknowledged that he had sold distribution rights to a foreign corporation in 1974, but stated that it did not include copyrights and argued that he had retained veto power of the sale of the catalogue.

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61.

Under a settlement reached in July 1995, Al Jimi Hendrix regained control of his son's song and image rights.

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62.

Jimi Hendrix acquired his first in 1966, when a girlfriend loaned him enough money to purchase a used Stratocaster built around 1964.

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At their initial meeting, Jimi Hendrix bought four speaker cabinets and three 100-watt Super Lead amplifiers; he grew accustomed to using all three in unison.

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Jimi Hendrix used a wah pedal during the opening to "Voodoo Child", creating one of the best-known wah-wah riffs of the classic rock era.

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Jimi Hendrix uses the effect on "Up from the Skies", "Little Miss Lover", and "Still Raining, Still Dreaming".

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Jimi Hendrix uses the effect during his performance at Woodstock and on the Band of Gypsys track "Machine Gun", which prominently features the Uni-vibe along with an Octavia and a Fuzz Face.

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Cox stated that during their time serving in the US military, he and Jimi Hendrix primarily listened to southern blues artists such as Jimmy Reed and Albert King.

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Howlin' Wolf inspired Jimi Hendrix, who performed Wolf's "Killing Floor" as the opening song of his US debut at the Monterey Pop Festival.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biography for the Experience states: "Jimi Hendrix was arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.

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Jimi Hendrix's boundless drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.

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Music journalist Chuck Philips wrote: "In a field almost exclusively populated by white musicians, Jimi Hendrix has served as a role model for a cadre of young black rockers.

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Jimi Hendrix's achievement was to reclaim title to a musical form pioneered by black innovators like Little Richard and Chuck Berry in the 1950s.

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Jimi Hendrix was instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback, and helped to popularize use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock.

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Jimi Hendrix rejected the standard barre chord fretting technique used by most guitarists in favor of fretting the low 6th string root notes with his thumb.

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Jimi Hendrix applied this technique during the beginning bars of "Little Wing", which allowed him to sustain the root note of chords while playing melody.

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Jimi Hendrix was the first artist to incorporate stereophonic phasing effects in rock music recordings.

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Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone wrote: "Jimi Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source.

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Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Jimi Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began.

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Musicologist David Moskowitz emphasized the importance of blues music in Jimi Hendrix's playing style, and according to authors Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber, "[He] explored the outer reaches of psychedelic rock".

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Jimi Hendrix's influence is evident in a variety of popular music formats, and he has contributed significantly to the development of hard rock, heavy metal, funk, post-punk, grunge, and hip hop music.

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Jimi Hendrix's lasting influence on modern guitar players is difficult to overstate; his techniques and delivery have been abundantly imitated by others.

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Jimi Hendrix has directly influenced numerous funk and funk rock artists, including Prince, George Clinton, John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic, and Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

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In 1998, Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame during its first year.

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The marker text reads, in part: "Over thirty musical acts performed, including rock icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of his career.

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The James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix United States Post Office in Renton Highlands near Seattle, about a mile from Hendrix's grave and memorial, was renamed for Hendrix in 2019.

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