The day a guitar hero was born (1942)

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Monday, 27 November 2017

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On the 27th of November in the year 1942, famous rock guitarist, Jimi Hendrix was born. He grew up in the backstreets of Seattle and spent most of his youth living with his father. His mother died very young, due to the effects of an alcohol addiction.

Practising eight hours a day
At a young age Jimi often pretended he was playing guitar on a broom. His father saw it and saved money, to buy him his first acoustic guitar at the age of eleven. Jimi loved playing the guitar and bought his first electric guitar only two years later. He practised his guitar playing upto eight hours a day and moved to England, where he started a band called the ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience’. They became famous with their first album, ‘Are You Experienced’, which was launched in 1967. After this initial success, Jimi Hendrix would grow out to be an icon for all guitar-lovers.

The 27 club
Jimi Hendrix died September 18th, 1970 in the Samarkand Hotel in London, to the consequences of an overdose of sleeping pills, in combination with red wine. With that, Jimi Hendrix belongs to a group of 45 famous musicians such as Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison, that died on the age of 27.

Trivial fact
Jimi Hendrix’ original name was Johnny Allen Hendrix. Jimi’s Father changed his name into James, because Johnny was also the name of the man who his wife was cheating with.


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