Jimi Hendrix became a guitar playing phenomenon at a very early age. Despite dying at just 27 years old, Hendrix left a major impact on the music world.
Read these other remarkable facts about legendary guitar player Jimi Hendrix:
1. Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix (later changed by his father to James Marshall) on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington.
2. Hendrix had a difficult childhood, sometimes living in the care of relatives and even acquaintances at times.
3. At the age of 16, his father bought him his first acoustic, and the next year his first electric guitar—a right-handed Supro Ozark that the natural lefty had to flip upside down to play.
4. Dropped out of high school and worked odd jobs while continuing to follow his musical aspirations.
5. After serving in the military, Hendrix began working under the name Jimmy James as a session musician.
6. Played backup for such performers as Little Richard, B.B. King, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers.
7. Played a right handed guitar left handed.
8. Was known to smash his guitar and/or light it on fire after a show.
9. Released in 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first single, “Hey Joe,” was an instant smash in Britain and was soon followed by hits such as “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”
10. On September 18, 1970, Hendrix died in London from drug-related complications.
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