Jimi Hendrix was a guitar legend who was born in Seattle, Washington. He grew up playing the guitar and learning from great blues players like Muddy Waters. In the Army, he was a paratrooper but after being injured he was discharged early and the injury kept him from being sent to Vietnam.
In the early 1960s, Hendrix became a pickup guitarist who backed up other musicians. When he moved to New York City in 1964 he played in coffeehouses. In 1966 he had the opportunity to go to London, England and it was there that the Jimi Hendrix Experience was born. Their first single was “Hey Joe” and it got on the British pop charts giving the band popularity.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their first U.S. appearance in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival in California. At the festival, Hendrix burned his guitar and became a rock superstar. During the next two years, the band came out with such classic songs as “Purple Haze”, “Foxy Lady” and “The Wind Cries Mary”. The band broke up in 1969.
Afterward, Hendrix made his famous appearance at the Woodstock festival playing a version of “The Star Spangled Banner”. He put together another group and named it the Band of the Gypsies. The band came out with only one album in 1969. Hendrix released another album on his own The Cry of Love which was released in 1971.
Hendrix established an advanced recording studio in New York City called the Electric Lady which opened in August 1970. In September of the same year, Hendrix went to London where he died of a drug overdose at the age of 27.