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James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was born November 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. In the mid 1950’s Jimi used to carry around an old broom in elementary school and pretended it was a guitar. It was not until 1958 that Hendrix got his first guitar, he eagerly practiced for hours on end and listened to artists like Muddy Waters and B.B. King. Hendrix ran into trouble a handful of times during his late teens and was given the choice of prison or joining the army, Hendrix chose to enlist in 1961. While in the army, Hendrix met future bassist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Billy Cox. The two were discharged in 1963 and moved to Tennessee to pursue a career in music.
Hendrix recorded and toured throughout the 1960s with artists like the Isley Brothers and Little Richard. Hendrix hired a manager that brought him to London where his career and fame truly started. Hendrix joined up with the other members of the Experience and began doing small tours around the UK. One night the band played a nightclub and left legends Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and Pete Townshend speechless. The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their first album Are You Experienced in 1967 and from that point on it was nothing but success for Jimi Hendrix, a boy who started out playing the broom. Hendrix only released four albums before his life was cut short on September 18th, 1970, but he was still able to make a incredible impact on music and is still to this day one of the best guitarists in history.
Celebrate the life of Jimi Hendrix with us today at 5pm for Throwback Thursday only on 88.9 WERS.
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