Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the greatest guitar players in rock music history. Born in Seattle, Washington, on November 27th, 1942, Hendrix created a new standard for guitar playing with his innovative techniques that defied convention and pushed boundaries.

Early Life & Career

Hendrix was born into poverty, and his parents struggled to provide for him. Despite this, he showed an early interest in music and was given a ukulele when he was just four years old. He quickly mastered the instrument and moved on to play an acoustic guitar.

In 1959, at the age of 17, Hendrix dropped out of school and joined the army. After serving for just over a year, he received an honorable discharge due to a medical issue that caused him severe pain.

After leaving the army in 1961, Hendrix began to play in clubs around the United States as a backing musician for various artists. In 1965 he formed his own band called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.

Fame

In September of 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed - consisting of Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Noel Redding on bass guitar and Mitch Mitchell on drums. They became famous quickly with their groundbreaking debut album "Are You Experienced," which showcased Hendrix's innovative techniques such as feedback manipulation with distortion pedals.

The band continued to produce several hits including "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze" and "All Along The Watchtower." Their success garnered worldwide attention earning them status as cultural icons both among musicians and fans alike.

On September 18th, 1970 Jimi died at just twenty-seven years old from apparent drug-related complications.

Legacy

Despite only having released three full-length studio albums during his lifetime (all while performing), Jimi’s influence can still be seen today across all genres of music. From the guitar soloing of Slash, to the experimental sounds of Radiohead and Sonic Youth.

Jimi Hendrix’s music and attitude continue to inspire artists today more than fifty years after his death. He will forever be remembered as one of the greatest musicians to have ever graced this earth.