Jimi Hendrix Biography (Wikipedia)
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".
Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He 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; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.
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Joe Boyd On An Illustrious Music Career
- From the Archive: Jimi Hendrixhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028xhjx.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028xhjx.jpg2015-02-20T16:48:00.000ZJimi Hendrix talks openly about the bands he started out with.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kgsmn
From the Archive: Jimi Hendrix
- André 3000: Jimi Hendrix Saved Me From Depressionhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028xhjx.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028xhjx.jpg2014-10-18T08:41:00.000ZAndré Benjamin aka André 3000 (OUtkast) on how the Hendrix biopic saved him.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p028xhk2
André 3000: Jimi Hendrix Saved Me From Depression
- Eddie Kramer - Interviewhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01734v2.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01734v2.jpg2013-03-31T00:00:00.000ZBob talks to Eddie Kramer about working with Jimi Hendrix.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01734vn
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- Eddie Kramer: What was it like to work with Jimi Hendrix?http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016r824.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016r824.jpg2013-03-23T09:30:00.000ZProducer Eddie Kramer reveals the quirks of working with visionary artist Jimi Hendrix.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p016r84w
Eddie Kramer: What was it like to work with Jimi Hendrix?
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