Happy Birthday Jimmy Hendrix
Ever been to a rock concert and saw the guitarist suddenly playing with his teeth!? Well, you would have, if you would’ve been there at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival when Jimi Hendrix played the guitar solo from his popular song “Hey Joe” with his teeth.
Born on November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”
Giving us some amazing songs like All Along the Watchtower, Voodoo Child, Purple Haze, Little Wing, Hey Joe and many more, he was also known for his guitar showmanship. Jimi Hendrix would sometimes set his guitar on fire; in fact, on March 31, 1967, at the performance at London Astoria Hendrix sustained hand burns and visited the hospital.
Hendrix was also known for having a very erotic stage presence. Audiences would see him slowly sweeping his hand similar to Townshend’s windmill, rolling his head and “wiping” the guitar’s neck in order to create some extra fuzz.
So, on his 75th Birthday, we would like to give him a tribute by sharing some facts about him, previously known or unknown to you –
10 facts about Jimi Hendrix: The Voodoo Child
1. His Real name is not Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix, but his father later changed it to James Marshall Hendrix.
2. He has a son and daughter.
Jimi Hendrix allegedly had a daughter, Tamika, and a son, James. Hendrix was informed of both children by their mothers. A blood test was never taken to prove paternity for U.S. born Tamika, but Swedish courts recognized James as his son.
3. Black Gold
Between 1969-1970, Hendrix recorded fantasy biography titled Black Gold on acoustic guitar. Like the Who’s rock opera Tommy, Black Gold included a series of linked songs that formed a story – the tale of a character based on Hendrix himself. The tape went missing for several decades, but one song from the set recently surfaced on a box set in 2010.
4. Hendrix could not read or write music.
That’s right, Hendrix could not read or write music, and had to record his musical ideas on tape, or write them out on available scraps of paper.
5. He has been arrested a lot of times.
Jimi Hendrix was arrested on several occasions: twice for joyriding as a teen in Seattle, participating in civil rights demonstration in Nashville, jaywalking in Washington D.C., wrecking a hotel room in Sweden, and in Toronto for drug possession.
6. Initially, he was afraid to play in front of an audience.
When beginning in Seattle teen bands, Hendrix initially had a bad case of stage fright. He said he used to play behind the curtains, and that other guitarist were much better than him.
7. He also had plans to star in his own movie.
Hendrix wrote an elaborate thirty-three-page screenplay for a movie he titled “Moon Dust.” He would play the lead role as The Powerful Sound King, and the other characters were based on individuals found in a 1966 issue of Spiderman entitled “Birth of a Superhero.”
8. Like most of us, Hendrix was also a Batman fan
Hendrix was a huge fan of the Batman TV show. In 1966, before he started his show at New York’s Café Wha, he regularly turned to his drummer and said, “Are you ready, Robin?” He even wore a cape like the comic book crime fighter on stage.
“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. ”
― Jimi Hendrix
9. His inspiration for Purple Haze.
Hendrix’s hit “Purple Haze” was partly influenced by a science fiction story, not drugs. Phillip Jose Farmer’s “Night of Light” described a purple haze that caused the inhabitants of planet Dante’s Joy to become disoriented.
10. The idea of burning his guitar.
Hendrix did not originally come up with the idea to burn his guitar. It was British journalist Keith Altham who suggested it to grab some headlines. After a few experimental runs in a dressing room with his guitar and lighter fluid, the plan worked.
“I started out playing guitar because Jimi Hendrix was my hero, so my roots were really based on Jimi Hendrix and his style of playing.” — Joe Satriani
So, these were the 10 facts about the Legend Jimi Hendrix. Do let us know about your views and your favourite Jimi Hendrix songs in the comment section below.
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— Jimi Hendrix (@JimiHendrix) November 17, 2017
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