Jimi Hendrix
(1942-1970)

Died aged c. 28

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career lasted only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at age 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, but he was discharged the following year. He moved to Clarksville, Tennessee soon after and began playing gigs on the Chitlin' Circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager. Within months, Hendrix earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and his third and final studio album Electric Ladyland reached number one in the US in 1968; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his only number-one album. He was the world's highest-paid performer, and he headlined the Woodstock festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. He died from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at age 27. Hendrix was inspired by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in popularizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He was also one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of tone-altering effects units in mainstream rock, such as fuzz distortion, Octavia, wah-wah, and Uni-Vibe. He was the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone writes: "Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began." In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted Hendrix the Pop Musician of the Year, and Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year in 1968. Disc and Music Echo magazine honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969, and Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year in 1970. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band's three studio albums among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and ranked Hendrix the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.

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band managed by of Chas Chandler and band member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Commemorated on 11 plaques

Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 guitarist and songwriter lived here 1968-1969

23 Brook Street, Mayfair, Westminster, W1, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1968-1969)

The Orford Cellar In the 1960s the Orford Cellar hosted performances from rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Geno Washington, courtesy of local impresario Howard Platt.The place to try out a new line-up before touring, the Orford also featured long lived and popular local acts including Lucas and The Emperors and The Continentals

Red Lion Street, Norwich, United Kingdom where they performed

Jimi Hendrix first London home 24 September - 6 December 1966. 'Stone Free' written here 24 October

Hyde Park Hotel, Bayswater, London, United Kingdom where they stayed (1966)

On the land behind stood Forest Gate Public Hall. Once known as the Upper Cut Club. Many famous musicians performed here, and, on Boxing Day December 1966 whilst appearing at the Upper Cut Club, Jimi Hendrix wrote his legendary Purple Haze

Woodgrange Road, Newham, London, United Kingdom where they performed (1966) and wrote Purple Haze (1966)

The Bag O'Nails Club The Jimi Hendrix Experience first played here on the 25th November 1966

9 Kingly Street, London, United Kingdom where they played

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) guitarist and songwriter stayed here after appearing in Spalding's remarkable Barbecue 67 gig which also included Pink Floyd and Cream 29th May 1967

Red Lion Hotel, Spalding, United Kingdom where they stayed (1967)

Jimi Hendrix was in residence 29th May 1967

Red Lion Hotel, Spalding, United Kingdom where they stayed (1967)

Jimi Hendrix legendary rock guitarist ate fish & chips from this shop on a bench overlooking the sea after playing at the Club A' Gogo nightclub Percy Street, Newcastle Friday 10th March 1967

Marshall's, Front Street, Tynemouth, United Kingdom where they visited (1967)

The Blue Moon Club 170 High St, Cheltenham July 1965 - May 1967. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, The Action and many more musicians of the era played here.

170 High Street, Cheltenham, United Kingdom where they played

On 31 December 1966 Jimi Hendrix performed live with Noel Redding at the Hillside Social Club that once stood opposite this building

Former Prince Albert Hotel, Rendezvous Street, Folkestone, United Kingdom where they performed (1966)

The Olympic Cinema This was built as Byfeld Hall in 1906, on the site of Byfield House, the 17th century residence of a former Governor of St Helena. The hall was a cinema and a theatre; Charles Laughton, John Gielgud and Claude Rains first trod the boards here. In 1966 it became a famous recording studio where The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Madonna, Massive Attack and many more recorded. U2 were the last to record here in 2009. It has reverted to its former use as a cinema once again. The Homestead (to the left) is 18th century, but the cottage next door is later

Church Rd, Barnes, London, United Kingdom where they was