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Jimi Hendrix the greatest guitarist in rock history revolutionized the sound of rock In 1967 the Jimi Hendrix experience rocked the nation with their first album Are You Experienced Hendrixs life was cut short by the tragedy of drugs in 1970 when he was only twenty seven years old In these three years the sound of rock changed greatly and Hendrixs guitar playing was a major influence Jimi was born in Seattle Washington on November 27 1942 As a young boy whenever the chance came Jimi would try to play along with his R B records However music was not his life long dream At first the army was In the late 1950s Hendrix enlisted in the 101st Airborne Division After sustaining a back injury during a jump he received a medical discharge After his army career came to an abrupt end he decided to go into the music field By this time he had become an accomplished guitarist and was soon to become known as the greatest guitarist ever Stambler pg 290 However he did not start out at the top Jimi started out playing as part of the back-up for small time R B groups It did not take long before his work was in demand with some of the best known artists in the field such as BB King Ike and Tina TurnerSolomon Burke Jackie Wilson Littler Richard Wilson Pickett and King Curtis Clifford pg 181 Using the name Jimmy James he toured with a bunch of R B shows including six months as a member of James Browns Famous Flames Stambler pg 290 At the Cafe Wha in New York in 1966 Hendrix decided to try singing Jimi lucked out when a man by the name of Charles Chas Chandler from Eric Burdons Animals heard him at the club and thought he was sensational When Chas heard him again later that year he talked Jimi into moving to
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