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JIMI HENDRIX Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential musicians in music history Jimi Hendrix was one of the most exciting and creative guitar players ever He mixed Blues and Rock Roll together to create some of the most unique music ever played Jimi had only four years of fame but unlike others has become even bigger in the 20 years after his death Jimis parents Al Hendrix and Lucille Jeter got married in Seattle Washington on March 31 1942 Soon after Johnny Jimi Allen Hendrix was born in Seattle on November 27 1942 Al and Lucille got divorced in December 1951 because of Als drinking problems Al was granted custody of Jimi and his two brothers Leon and Joseph Shortly thereafter Lucille Hendrix died of tuberculosis Jimi did not attend her funeral because his father would not allow it and he had no way to get there Unfortunately financial problems caused the brothers to be separated Joseph was adopted and Leon was in and out of foster homes As a young boy Jimi loved to listen to his fathers Jazz and Classic Blues records In Jimis teenage years he listened to Rock Roll and R B songs on the radio Al quickly encouraged Jimis love for music by buying him a 5 acoustic guitar With practice Jimi was soon playing songs off the radio and playing in local bands In 1960 Jimi quit high school After a few problems with the law he joined the Army He became a paratrooper but was discharged after seven months because he broke his ankle Starting in October of 1962 Jimi went off to pursue his musical career Jimi was a pick-up guitarist for artists Little Richard The Isley Brothers and Sam Cooke In 1966 Hendrix formed a band and elected to sing for the first time They had a regular spot in Greenwich Village New York City One night
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