Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who is widely considered to be the most important electric guitarist in the history of music. Although Hendrix is known for his outstanding ability to play the guitar, he is also a very famous name in Blues music. He played the acoustic guitar but is known for his outstanding ability to play the electric guitar. With songs such as Red House, Here My Train A Comin', and Born Under a Bad Sign, Hendrix is considered to be in the Chicago category and quickly made his way into the history of Blues music.

James Marshall Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle Washington. James faced a somewhat difficult childhood as he was faced with many obstacles. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix at birth and played a dominant role in the early years of his life. His father, Al Hendrix, was busy fighting in WWII at the time. In 1943, young James' mother became sick with alcoholism and was sent into a rehab center. James was then sent to live with his grandparents in Berkely, California. After two difficult years of living with his relatives, his father returned from WWII and renamed Johnny to James Marshall Hendrix. His father quickly divorced his alcoholic mother who later died in 1958. Years passed and Jimi continued living with his father and attending grade school. His father introduced him to the guitar at age 13 and taught him how to play. James grew fond of playing but never pursued it as a child. In 1959, Jimi was expelled from high school because of poor behavior. With nothing to do, Hendrix got into trouble with the law for stealing a car with his friends. He was given the choice of spending two years in jail or enlisting in the army. Ji...

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...en. Here, Hendrix came on stage intoxicated by alcohol and drugs and passed out on stage. This was the end to the Band of Gypsys. Shortly after this disastrous performance, Michael Jeffery put the Cry of Love Band together. This band was a failed attempt to get The Hendrix Experience back together. Noel Redding joined but was fired by Hendrix. Hendrix, Cox, and Mitchell made up the Cry of Love and toured around the world. This would be the last true performance of Hendrix at his peak. After this point on in his career things would continue to go downhill with booing at his performances, loss of fans, drug trouble, etc.

Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 in London. His girlfriend, Monika Dannemann, said he overdosed on Vasperax, which was a sleeping pill. He then choked on his own throw up and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died at the age of 27.

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