Jimi Hendrix

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On November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington a later-to-be-known legend was born as James Marshall. This future guitar master went by the name of Jimi, Jimi Hendrix. His childhood was not very fortunate, however, he did indulge himself in one particular way: Jimi loved to play the guitar. Jimi could never afford to take lessons so he taught himself. At first he played an old acoustic guitar, and later a cheap Silvertone electric. Both of these guitars were both strung for a lefty on a right-handed guitar, one of the defining Hendrix traits. Jimi would have preferred to play a guitar that was made for lefty's but his parents wouldn't pay the extra money because they were extremely poor.
As a teenager, young Jimi listened to typical fifties music such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presely and even a little Eddie Cochrane. He played in a few bands in high school, but then dropped out before his senior year. Jimi really never really imagined that he had enough talent to go into the music industry, actually he thought he had no talent whatsoever and had a terrible voice.
Jimi had then decided to apply for a real job. The first couple of jobs he had never really worked out. He started off working in retail then later fixing items such as radios and telephones. So in the year of 1959 Jimi through his Fender Strat over his shoulder, and enlisted in the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper. Jimi enjoyed his time spent in the 101st Airborne. However, after 25 successful jumps, he broke his ankle. After 14 months of military service, he received an honorable discharge from the army. Jimi had realized his only choice was to do what he loved; play the guitar. Jimi began to write music and play local gigs. Before he knew it he was opening for King Curtis, The Isley Brothers, and even Little Richard.
Hendrix's big break occurred when he was playing at a club in Greenwhich Village called Café Wha. At this New York club was a young record producer, and lead bassist of the Animals that went by the name of Chas Chandler. Chas particularly liked Jimi's charisma for his music. He had enjoyed listening to him immensely and once he had saw Jimi play the guitar with his teeth and behind his back, Chas knew someday he would be a star.
Soon after in 1966 Chandler brought Jimi to London, where he introduced Jimi to "the music life." Chas had realized that if Jimi was g...

... middle of paper ... cold and he wanted to keep them warm so after he preformed the song Voodoo Child he had gone right into it. Not surprisingly everyone was extremely enthusiastic for Jimi and wanted to hear an encore of our Countries anthem.

On Friday, September 17, 1970 Jimi was staying in London with a girlfriend named Monika Danneman. He had a big gig to play the next day so he needed to get some sleep. He took some sleeping pills and went to bed. The next morning Danneman saw that Jimi had vomited during the night but paid no attention to it. When she tried to wake him a little later and he did not stir, she called an ambulance. By the time the ambulance arrived, Jimi had died of suffocation from his vomit.
Many people think that Jimi may have been trying to commit suicide but it was proven that he wasn't. If he wanted to commit suicide he would have taken a lot more than 6 pills when there were 45 in the bottle. Jimi had told many people that his life couldn?t have been any better at the time. The night before he had been working on a new song. The closing lines were:
The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye
The story of love is hello and goodbye
Until we meet again.
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