Jimi Hendrix Major Accomplishments

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The Life of Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career lasted only four years, he is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in American history. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame regards him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock.

He was born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as a paratrooper in 1961, he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. He then moved to Clarksville, Tennessee and began playing gigs on the chitlin’ circuit, earning a place in the band the Isley Brothers, and eventually with Little Richard, with whom
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He toured with them in 1964. He joined with a few other bands in his early career as well. He was struggling the following year to earn a living. During a performance, Linda Keith, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist, noticed Hendrix. His playing mesmerised her. She invited him to join her for a drink; he accepted and the two became friends. She referred him to Chas Chandler, the former guitarist of the Animals. He became his new manager. He began finding and recruiting members for a band. Hendrix met Noel Redding. He told him that he liked Reddings hair and that he wanted to work with him. He let Mitch Mitchell also join the band. They became a band called the Jimi Hendrix Experience. They got a show booked and performed. After the moderate UK chart success of their first two singles, "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze", the Experience began assembling material for a full-length LP. It was called “Are you Experienced”. It was shortly followed by “Axis: Bold As Love” and “Electric Ladyland.”

After a couple of years, Redding started to get tired of Hendrix. The band made a few more tours and eventually broke up. Hendrix was already the highest paid musician. He was offered to perform at Woodstock. He said that he would. He got a little band together that he called “Band of Gypsies.” They performed at

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