A Comparison Of Jimi Hendrix And Ritchie Valens

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Two very influential artists of their time were Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Valens. Many people wouldn’t consider these two artists to be similar nor have achieved the same success, however they’re paths were quite similar. Both these artists began their careers very early in their lives and were able to influence others artists along the way. Many of their songs also made the top charts. Although both their careers were short lived, both these artists left a mark in the world of music. Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Valens were both in the early 1940’s only a year apart from one another. Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941 in Pacoima, California, the son of Joseph Valenzuela and Concepcion Valenzuela. His parents split up when he was only …show more content…

They were called the Silhouettes. The Silhouettes mainly performed at small shows, giving Ritchie Valens more exposure. Bob Keane, who was one of the head of the Del-Fi record label, discovered him at one of his performances. With the help of Bob Keane, the young Ritchie Valens would have a career breakthrough. Jimi Hendrix played with the band, Rocking Kings, during his teenage years. Unfortunately he dropped out of high school and worked odd jobs while following his musical aspirations. Unlike Ritchie Valens, Jimi Hendrix decided to enlist in the United States Army, following the footsteps of his father. He still managed to find time for music, but in 1962 he was honorably discharged from the army after injuring himself during a parachute jump. After serving in the military Jimi Hendrix formed the group Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. The bank performed shows around the New York City’s neighborhoods. After being signing a contract with Chas Chandler, bass player of British Rock group the Animals, Jimi Hendrix moved to England, where his career would …show more content…

Both these musicians also lost their lives at a very young age. Ritchie Valens was only seventeen years old when he passed away only leaving behind a few recordings. Ritchie Valens was on tour with Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Popper” Richardson when their planed crash. The plane took off during a light snowstorm and only traveled about five miles before crashing. Unfortunately, everyone that was on the plane had passed away. Many were shocked by the loss of three talents and that tragedy was memorialized in the Don McLean song “American Pie” as “The day the music died.” 2 Jimi Hendrix also passed away at the age of 27, living 10 years longer than Valens. He passed away on September 18, 1970 in London from drug related complications. Even though his rock star career was somewhat short lived, he left his unforgettable mark on the world of rock. He will always be known for his amazing guitar skills and his impact in music. Even though both these artists had a short career its clear to see that both these artists helped open doors for other minorities and left an impact in the music

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