JIMI HENDRIX: Happy 70th
This Tuesday would have been Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday. He was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27th, 1942 in Seattle and his name was changed to James Marshall Hendrix in 1946 in honor of his father James Al Hendrix and Al's late brother, Leon Marshall. Jimmy Hendrix (he changed the spelling to Jimi in 1966) started playing guitar when he was 15. Before striking out as a solo artist he served in the U.S. Army and performed on the Chitlin' Circuit, playing in bands that backed the likes of Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. Hendrix died on September 18th, 1970 from a drug overdose.
In celebration of his short career, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a Gallery Talk on Tuesday in the Jimi Hendrix exhibit at 2 p.m. ET.