12 Things You Never Knew About Jimi Hendrix [bobby owsinski]

Posted: March 16, 2010 in I Don't Know, Music
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It’s hard to believe that this year it will be 40 years since Jimi Hendrix died, because he’s still talked about and referred to as much as if he were still here.

The gold standard for guitarists everywhere, Jimi was a virtuoso, but I think more because of his taste rather than his dexterity with his instrument. Regardless, he’s still revered even 4 decades after passing.

This is from the “12 Things You Never Knew About Jimi Hendrix” article on Clashmusic.com, but I refined it a bit because I think the author lost the point in places, at least from a musician’s point of view.

1. Jimi Hendrix was born John Allen Hendrix, named by his mother while Jimi’s father was away fighting World War II. When Al Hendrix returned from Europe, he renamed him James Marshall. It was The Animals’ bassist Chas Chandler, who became his manager, that suggested he swap James for Jimi.

2. Jimi dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army in May 1959, becoming a member of ‘The Screaming Eagles’ 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a trainee paratrooper. Less than a year later he received a medical discharge after breaking an ankle on his twenty-sixth parachute jump. [read]

  1. Evan says:

    I’m not sure how accurate that #12 is….he played the Star Spangled Banner at a lot of shows while he toured.

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