Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix, the most original, inventive, creative and influential guitarist of the rock era!

Jimi Hendrix was arguably the most original, inventive, and influential singer guitar player of the rock era. Jimi Hendrix was left-handed and played a right-handed Fender Strat guitar upside down, rather than a leftie.

Jimi is a self-taught guitarist, influenced by Robert Johnson, B.B. King and the delta blues players. After a stint in the U. S. army paratroopers, (where he met bassist Billy Cox) Jimi played around Nashville in various bands, including the Casuals, Bobby Taylor and the Viscounts, (who included lead guitarist Tommy Chong, later of Cheech and Chong), then got the gig as Little Richards lead guitarist. Jimi also toured with Solomon Burke, Isley Brothers and Joey Dee and the Starlighters, (remember The Peppermint Twist?)

Jimi Hendrix Gets To England

In 1966 ex Animal’s bass player Chas Chandler saw Hendrix play the Café Wha after being told about him by Keith Richards of the Stones. Andre Oldham, the Sones manager, had already rejected Hendrix. Wanting to move onto the business side of pop, Chandler convinced Jimi Hendrix to move to London and where he would secure a record deal.

Swinging London was in full flight at the time, so Hendrix agreed. By then, Hendrix was a complete showman, his technical skill was fully developed, he played his guitar behind his neck, played with his teeth, stroked the guitar neck along the mile stand, he was using feedback, turning effects effects into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began.

Jimi Hendrix Experience Stun London

This act set London on its ear! He got together with bassist Noel Redding, (who had got in touch with Chandler, hearing The Animals were after a bass player) and mighty drummer John “Mitch” Mitchell, from Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames.

In mid-November, they performed at the Bag O'Nails nightclub in London, with Clapton, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Kevin Ayers in attendance. Ayers described the crowd's reaction as stunned disbelief: "All the stars were there, and I heard serious comments, you know 'shit', 'Jesus', 'damn' and other words worse than that. The performance earned Hendrix his first interview, published in Record Mirror with the headline: "Mr. Phenomenon”. “Now hear this ... we predict that [Hendrix] is going to whirl around the business like a tornado", wrote Bill Harry, who asked the rhetorical question: "Is that full, big, swinging sound really being created by only three people?".  

"Hey Joe", backed with "Stone Free", was released on December 16, 1966. Several record companies had turned the song down, but Polydor took it immediately. After appearances on the UK television shows Ready Steady Go! and the Top of the Pops, "Hey Joe" entered the UK charts on December 29 and peaked at number 6. Further success came in March

 

Success Comes For Jimi Hendrix

1967 with the UK number three hit "Purple Haze", and in May with "The Wind Cries Mary", which remained on the UK charts for eleven weeks, peaking at number 6. “Burning the Midnight Lamp” was top 20.

The first album, “Are You Experienced” was produced by Chas Chandler and came out in the UK on May 12, 1967, where it got to No. 2, spending 33 weeks in the charts.In the US it was released on August 23, 1967, peaking at No. 5, and staying in the charts for 106 weeks, 27 of those in the top 40. The Experience appeared at the Montreal Pop festival in 1968.

For some never explained reason, Jimi Hendrie Experience went n tour with The Monkees, yes, The Monkees! Axis Bold as Brass came out in’68, getting to 3 in the US and 5UK.

This was followed by the double album "Electric Ladyland,",with the sensational naked lady gatefold cover. This obviously appealed, as it got to No 1 USA, and No 6 UK. The single from this album, the Bob Dylan penned “All Along the Watchtower” was Jimi’s biggest US hit, peaking at 20 there, and 6 in the UK.

1967 with the UK number three hit "Purple Haze", and in May with "The Wind Cries Mary", which remained on the UK charts for eleven weeks, peaking at number 6. “Burning the Midnight Lamp” was top 20.

The first album, “Are You Experienced” was produced by Chas Chandler and came out in the UK on May 12, 1967, where it got to No. 2, spending 33 weeks in the charts.In the US it was released on August 23, 1967, peaking at No. 5, and staying in the charts for 106 weeks, 27 of those in the top 40. The Experience appeared at the Montreal Pop festival in 1968.

For some never explained reason, Jimi Hendrie Experience went n tour with The Monkees, yes, The Momkees! Axis Bold as Brass came out in’68, getting to 3 in the US and 5UK.

This was followed by the double album "Electric Ladyland,",with the sensational naked lady gatefold cover. This obviously appealed, as it got to No 1 USA, and No 6 UK. The single from this album, the Bob Dylan penned “All Along the Watchtower” was Jimi’s biggest US hit, peaking at 20 there, and 6 in the UK.

There was an emphasis on albums now, and as Jimi got more into, success began to fade. He had a falling out with Noel Redding, got self-indulgent and more into drugs. Concerned that management was ripping him off, unlikely, somehow Chas Chandlers partner eased Hendrix out of the arrangement, and things got murky.

In 1969 The Experience broke up, Jimmy got with bass player of old Billy Cox, and Mitch Mitchell who hung in there, and played the Woodstock Festival of 1969. For an LP in 1970, Jimi got together with Cox and Buddy Miles to form “Band of Gypsies”. This did not work, and the band split soon after.

His last appearance was at the 1970 Isle of Wright festival, with Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox

Jimi Hendrix Vinyl

Are You Experienced, the first album Ji Hendrix released with the Experience. This U.S. release from August '67 contains the hits "Purple Haze", "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Hey Joe", 11 tracks in all. A great album.

Axis Bold as Love came out in the UK just nine months after "Are You Experienced"' on December 1 1967. With 12 tracks, including the classic "Little Wing" it was top 10 in both UK and US. Other tracks include "Spanish Castle Magic", and "If Six Were nine".

Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the final studio album released in Hendrix's lifetime before his death in 1970. Released by Reprise Records in North America on October 16, 1968, and by Track Records in the UK nine days later, the double album was the only record from the band produced by Hendrix. By mid-November, it had charted at number one in the US, where it spent two weeks at the top spot. Electric Ladyland was the Experience's most commercially successful release and their only number one album. It peaked at number six in the UK, where it spent 12 weeks on the chart. Electric Ladyland included a cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower",

 

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