Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Highest Rated: 100% Message to Love (1996)

Lowest Rated: 100% Message to Love (1996)

Birthday: Nov 27, 1942

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

The man born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942 was probably the most innovative electric guitarist ever. In his too-short career he blazed trails that disciples would follow for generations to come. He began playing guitar at age 15, and after a two-year hitch in the Army in the early '60s he moved to Tennessee and played in local bands. During this period he also worked with Jackie Wilson, Ike & Tina Turner, and others. He recorded for the first time with The Isley Brothers in 1964, and then with Little Richard the following year. By 1966 he was in Greenwich Village leading Jimmy James & The Blue Flames. Animals bassist Chas Chandler, also a manager/producer took an interest and brought Hendrix to England. His unprecedented sound, involving a visceral, visionary use of feedback, distortion, and wah-wah, made him the toast of London, admired by the biggest British rockers. His 1966 debut single, "Hey Joe," hit the U.K. Top 10, as did its '67 follow-up, "Purple Haze." Next it was time to break through to the U.S. With drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, both Brits, he released the first Jimi Hendrix Experience LP, Are You Experienced, in 1967, but it was his literally pyrotechnic performance at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival that helped spread his reputation. The album hit big on both sides of the Atlantic, making Hendrix a bona fide rock star and the quintessential guitar hero. He was also one of the era's first African-American rockers to achieve major renown. Hendrix's next two albums, 1967's Axis: Bold as Love and 1968's Electric Ladyland, were even more adventurous and psychedelic, charting new territory for rock and redefining what the electric guitar could do. Redding quit the band in 1969 shortly before Hendrix's epochal performance at the Woodstock festival, immortalized in the documentary of the event. By the time Hendrix cut his next LP, 1970's Band of Gypsys, he was working with Buddy Miles on drums and Jimi's old army buddy Billy Cox on bass. But Hendrix had a heavy history of substance abuse, and on September 18, 1970 he died of drug-related causes in London at the age of 27. Reams of posthumous archival Hendrix recordings were released for decades afterward, and the guitarist's influence never waned.

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimi Hendrix - The Dick Cavett Show Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 89% Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland Unknown (Character) - 1997
100% 84% Message to Love Unknown (Character) $143.4K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hard `N' Heavy: The Movie Unknown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Unknown (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 85% Jimi Hendrix Non-Original Music - 1973
No Score Yet 50% Rainbow Bridge Unknown (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Keep on Rockin' Unknown (Character) - 1970

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