Biography of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

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Overview and Background

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 and died September 18, 1970. He was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is generally considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry. He is also said to be one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a wide range of genres.

He was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, during the period when his father was stationed at an Army base in Oklahoma. He was named Johnny Allen Hendrix by his mother, 17 year old Lucille Hendrix. He had two brothers, Leon and Joseph, and two sisters, Kathy and Pamela. His mother and father divorced when he was quite young. His mother died of cirrhosis of the liver soon after.

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