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The extraordinary performances recording and lyrics of James Marshall Hendrix have made him impossible to forget This American rock guitarist made a legendary mark Not only in the history of rock n roll but also on pop culture as a whole Mitchel1 32 With unique techniques never seen before and blatant sex-related performances on stage he became one of the most influential music figures of the 60s Murray 96 Hendrix was not born into stardom nor was it given to him by any means He strived all throughout his life to be the very best Johnny Allen Hendrix was born on November 27 1942 in Seattle Washington to Al and Lucille Hendrix Four years later did his father decided to change his sons name to James Marshall Hendrix He did not lead an easy life He changed schools quite often and to top it all off his parents divorced in 1958 To add to it all his mother died just one year later Scuse Me While Henderson 42 Hendrix needed something to turn around his life Hendrix purchased his first guitar in 1958 It was a used acoustic for which he paid only five dollars At the age of seventeen with only one years playing experience he joined his first band the Rocking Kings It may be hard to imagine but Hendrix was also in the Army for a brief period of time He was soon discharged as a result of medical unsuitability after a parachuting accident in which he landed on his ankle Scuse Me While Henderson 48 He ventured back to his hometown of Seattle and began playing with Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers Mitchell 68 Hendrix was then quickly discovered by Little Richard in 1963 He soon regretted the decision because he felt the tour was degrading and he was constrained as being a sideman to Richard His guitar was used as little more than a background rhythm instrument Hendrix developed
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