Jimi Hendrix Autographs and Original Memorabilia
Jimi Hendrix Autographs and Original Memorabilia for sale
Born Johnny Allen Hendrix (later changed by his father to James Marshall) on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. He had a difficult childhood, sometimes living in the care of relatives or family friends.
His mother, Lucille, was only 17 years old when Hendrix was born. She had a stormy relationship with his father, Al, and left the family after the couple had two other children together, sons Leon and Joseph. Hendrix would only see his mother occasionally before her passing in 1958.
When Hendrix turned 16, his father bought him his first acoustic guitar, and the next year his first electric guitar. Natural left handed he had to flip the guitar upside down to play. Shortly after, he began performing with his band, the Rocking Kings. In 1959, he dropped out of high school and worked odd jobs while continuing to follow his musical aspirations.
In 1961, Jimi Hendrix autographs followed in his father’s footsteps by joining in the US Army. While training as a paratrooper, Hendrix still found time for music, forming a band named the King Kasuals. Hendrix served in the army until 1962, when he was honorably discharged after injuring himself during a parachute jump.
After leaving the military, Hendrix began working under the name Jimmy James as a session musician, playing backup for such performers as Little Richard, B.B. King, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers. In 1965 he also formed a group of his own called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, which played gigs around New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
In mid-1966, Jimi Hendrix autographs met Chas Chandler; bass player of British rock group the Animals; who signed an agreement with Hendrix to become his manager. Chandler convinced Hendrix to go to London; where he joined forces with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
While performing in England, Hendrix built up quite a following among the country’s rock royalty, with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Eric Clapton all becoming great admirers of his work. One critic for the British music magazine Melody Maker said that he “had great stage presence” and looked at times as if he were playing “with no hands at all.”
Released in 1967, the Jimi Hendrix autographs Experience’s first single, “Hey Joe,” an instant smash in Britain and was soon followed by hits such as “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”
On tour to support his first album, Are You Experienced? (1967), Hendrix delighted audiences with his outrageous guitar playing skills and his innovative, experimental sound. In June 1967 he also won over American music fans with his stunning performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, which ended with Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire.
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Sadly, Jimi Hendrix died in London from drug-related complications on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27. He left an indelible mark on the world of rock music and remains popular to this day. A popular guitar icon known around the world.