Jimmi Hendrix performing live

3 life facts about Jimi Hendrix 50 years after his death

The musician is still considered the best guitarist in history. And his life story is movie-worth. In only 4 years he built an empire and manage to conquer every stage in every continent. Read more below some of his most incredible life facts, in the anniversary of his death. 

  • His legal name was Johnny Allen Hendrix and was born in 1942 in Seattle.
  • Jimmy enrolled in the army but was discharged after one year. 
  • Died in a tragic accident in his luxury Kensington home in England at 27 years old after being the world's highest paid performer in the world. 
Jimi Hendrix performing live. Source: Ebay

1. He gained success in England before being famous in the United States. After struggling in New York with his "Jimi Hendrix", he flew to the United Kingdom in 1966 and got the managers of the band "The Who" to sign him as an artist.

There, he played for musicians like Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.  

2. Thank you, Paul McCartney. After the recommendation of the Beatle, Jimi got a place performing at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Jimi looking extremely happy while performing. Source: Ebay

He shocked the crowd after setting his guitar on fire and playing with his teeth in what it would be one of the most iconic performances of all time. 

3. His magic "snake". After gaining fame with the concert, he kept the feathered boa that was wearing around his neck as a lucky charm and even appeared with it in the cover of his album 'Are You Experienced'. A couple of days ago, it was auctioned for $14.500

Jimi Hendrix statue outside Dimbola Lodge

Despite having several controversies due to abuse of substances and violence, Jimi will be always be remembered as one of the greatest and most talented entertainers in the history of this world. Long live Jimi!

Bruno Wahrmann Lockhart

Digital Media Expert. Journalist. Former TV host. University of San Diego Alumni. 6′ 4″ but my mom still calls me 'tiny'+ info

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