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Jimi Hendrix

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix

Full Name: James Marshall Hendrix
Profession: Rock Guitarist

United States of America

Biography: Influential electric rock guitarist, Hendrix moved to England in 1966 and formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience releasing tracks 'Hey Joe' and Purple Haze'.

His performance at the Monterey Pop Festival established him in the US and he is especially known for playing at Woodstock where he played the 'Star Spangled Banner'.

Born: November 27, 1942
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: September 18, 1970 (aged 27)
Cause of Death: Drug overdose

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  • 1959-02-20 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle; fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing
  • 1966-09-21 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to "Jimi"
  • 1966-10-13 Jimi Hendrix Experience debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France
  • 1966-10-25 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London
  • 1966-12-16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
  • 1966-12-26 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London
  • 1967-02-03 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix
  • 1967-03-31 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (The Astoria, London)
  • 1967-05-12 "Are You Experienced" album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience first released - one of the most influential debut albums ever
  • 1967-06-18 Closing day of the Monterey International Pop Festival, Southern California. First major US appearances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Otis Redding
  • 1967-11-27 Jimi Hendrix headlines bill (including The Move and Pink Floyd) for 2 shows at Whitla Hall, Queens College, in Belfast - his only concerts in Ireland
  • 1968-03-15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"
  • 1968-12-28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival; performers included: The Jimi Hendrix Experience; The Mothers of Invention; Chuck Berry; John Lee Hooker; The Crazy World of Arthur Brown; and Blues Image,
  • 1969-01-29 Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars
  • 1969-06-20 200,000 attend Newport '69', then largest-ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear.
  • 1969-06-27 Denver Pop Festival opens; 50,000 attend; Frank Zappa, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix headline; other performers include Three Dog Night, Tim Buckley, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, and Poco
  • 1969-08-17 Woodstock Festival closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as final act (taking the stage at 9AM on the 18th); other performers included Joe Cocker, Country Joe MacDonald & The Fish, The Band, CSN&Y, and Sha Na Na
  • 1970-08-27 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"
  • 1992-01-15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Bobby "Blue" Bland; Booker T. and the MG's; Johnny Cash; Jimi Hendrix Experience; Isley Brothers; Sam and Dave; The Yardbirds; Elmore James; Professor Longhair; Leo Fender; Bill Graham; and Doc Pomus

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