In the late 1950’s Jimi joined the 101st airborne division, but he was discharged due to a back injury. That’s when his life started new, and he decided to become a musician. By this time he had already become a pretty good guitar player, and had dreams of something bigger. Jimi started out playing backup for little R&B groups. Some of the best known artists, such as BB King, Ike and Tina Turner, and Little Richard wanted him to play with them.
Dawson and Matthews were soon to leave and they were replaced by drummer Bill Sommers (Krentemann) and Phil Lesh, who was a trumpet player who learned to play bass guitar in a very amazing two weeks just to get the spot. This completes the now familiar Dead line up. The Warlocks played their first concert in July 1965 and they played pretty straight rock and roll music until the "acid tests." In early 1965 a state hospital in the Palo Alto area was conducting experiments with hallucinogenic drugs. This was still legal at the time.
Most importantly, Stevie became sober. He turned away from the substances, even though he believed they gave him the drive to play the way he did. By age eleven Stevie Ray Vaughan was an impressionable boy, whose brother's rhythmic guitar playing inspired him to pick up his first guitar. In 1963, he would begin an era of guitar playing that would revolutionize the way blues was done. As early as 1961, Stevie was already sneaking into his brother's room just to sneak a strum on Jimmie's guitar before he came home.
Then a five dollar used guitar that Jimi’s father had bought off one of his friends soon replaced the ukulele. Shortly after that Jimi formed his first band called the “Velvetones”, it was short lived. One year later his father once again bought Jimi another guitar, although this time it was an electric Supro Ozark 1560s this changed everything for Jimi. With the much-needed support of his father and the undivided attentiveness Jimi had to put into his music because he could not read nor write music made him very special in the art. In 1961 Jimi Hendrix enlisted in the United States Army, even earning a badge for his platoon in the Paratroops.
While it may be hard to believe, these pioneers of the rock n’ roll world were once as famous as you and I. John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, during a German air raid in World War II. When he was four years old, Lennon's parents separated and he ended up living with his Aunt Mimi. Lennon's mother, Julia, remarried, but visited him and his aunt Mimi regularly. She taught Lennon how to play the banjo, piano and purchased his first guitar. Julia Lennon passed away when she was fatally struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer in July, 1958.
In 1971 and 1972, Clapton was not heard from, at least not musically, as he was battling a heroin addiction that cut two years out of his early work. But, on January 13, 1973, Clapton stormed back with a live performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London. That spawned his next record, “Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert,” which, obviously, featured live performances. It wasn’t until a few months later, in 1974, when Clapton had a substantial solo career, with the release of “461 Ocean Boulevard.” That record had the number one single, “I Shot the Sheriff,” which is still a popular song to this day. In 1975 and 1976, Clapton released three records, as follow-ups to “461 Ocean Boulevard.” “There’s One in Every Crowd,” “ E.C.
This may have been the underlying cause of Jimi’s turbulent youth. James Hendrix traded in his own saxophone to buy Jimi a guitar (White 255). The prodigy could not read music and so taught himself to play by ear. The guitar his father had bought for him was a right-handed guitar, but Jimi was left-handed, so he adapted by simply turning the instrument upside down and proceeded to play (Richmond 482). At twelve Jimi began to play in local bands for a fee of free burgers and soda pop (Richmond 482).
On March 4, 1994 Kurt was rushed to the hospital in a coma after an unsuccessful suicide attempt(imdb.com). Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame on April 10, 2014. Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994, from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. His body was found by electrician, Gary Smith who had come to install a security system in his guest house (biography.com). Even after Kurt’s suicide Nirvana inspired many bands including Green Day, Pearl Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins (rockhall.com).
Eric is still touring around, but wants to stay close to home to spend as much time as he can with his daughters. Recently Clapton came out and said that he has damage to his nervous system called peripheral neuropathy. Clapton has said that it is a miracle that he is even alive right now due to his past addictions and everything that has happened so far. Eric said to Classic Rock Magazine that the pain felt like “electric shocks going down your leg”(June 15,2017). Then, in 2013 he was forced to cancel several shows from this pain.
Hendricks love for playing a guitar started early as a child, growing up he used a broom to show his interest in playing the guitar. It was not long after his father recognized his love for playing and so he went out and bought Hendricks a guitar. After going to see Elvis in concert he was even more motivated, Hendricks career actually started off by touring with Blues, Rhythm and Blues bands in the South long before becoming famous. He also enrolled in the military and struggled to find himself. Due to an injury, that Hendricks sustained while in the military he was medically discharged which allowed him to work on his music career even more.