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Full Name: Mr. Johnny Allen Hendrix / James Marshall Hendrix
Date of Birth: November 27, 1942
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: September 18, 1970
Place of Death: London, England
Classification: Artists & Entertainers

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Short Biography of Jimi Hendrix

Known for his amazing guitar style and boisterous antics on stage, Jimi Hendrix was to become the focal point of Woodstock and arguably, the best electric guitar player the world has ever heard.

Born into poverty, Jimi did not have an easy life growing up. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother died when he was in his teens. This all led him to search for an outlet to his pains. At about the age of fourteen, Hendrix was able to pick up a one-string acoustic guitar, which inspired him to play like Muddy Waters and Lightnin’ Hopkins. His father eventually bought him an electric guitar and he learned to play by ear from listening and practicing endless hours to the likes of Chuck Berry.

After a short stint in the military, he was discharged for being an incompetent soldier because all he wanted to do was play his guitar. Upon leaving the Army, he moved to Nashville where he attempted to secure a band that could keep up with his playing style. He was able to make a meager living playing in black clubs, but aspired for something more. So, he moved to New York City. In Greenwich Village, he was discovered by a producer that eventually saw him on a flight to London. Once there, he made a recording of a song titled Hey Joe, a single release, which soon went to the top of the charts. He then released two other songs he had written and they too went number one – sealing his success as one of the world’s greatest performers.

Upon his return to the States, he played his jams on the Monday morning that Woodstock was supposed to end. Even with all sorts of on-stage technical problems, it has gone down in history as one of the best performances by any one artist. This brought about the particularly remembered solo of the Star-Spangled Banner, the United States’ Anthem, which he sang with machine-gun sounds and people screaming in the background. Back in London performing and at the age of 27, Hendrix was found dead in his apartment after an apparent sleeping pill and alcohol overdose that wasn’t seen as suicide.

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