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In his brief four-year reign as a superstar Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since Hendrix was a master at obtaining a manner of sounds from his instrument often with innovative amplification experiments that produced high feedback and deafening distortion His frequent blasts of noise and amazing showmanship has sometimes obscured his significant gifts as a songwriter singer and master of a range of blues RB and rock styles When Hendrix became an international superstar in 1967 it seemed as if hed dropped out of nowhere In fact hed served his apprenticeship the long hard way in numerous RB acts before During the early and mid-60s he worked with such RBsoul greats as Little Richard the Isley Brothers and King Curtis as a backup guitarist Occasionally he recorded as a session man But the stars didnt appreciate his show-stealing showmanship and Hendrix was held down by sideman roles that didnt allow him to develop as a soloist The logical step was for Hendrix to go out on his own which he did in New York in the mid-60s playing with various musicians in local clubs and joining white blues-rock singer John Hammond Jr s band for a while It was in a New York club that Hendrix was spotted by Animals bassist Chas Chandler The first lineup of the Animals was about to separate and Chandler looking to move into management convinced Hendrix to move to London and record as a solo act in England There a group was built around Jimi also featuring Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass which was called the Jimi Hendrix Experience The trio became stars with great speed in the U K where Hey Joe Purple Haze and The Wind Cries Mary all made the Top Ten in the first half of 1967 These tracks were also featured on their debut album Are You Experienced
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