Name changed to James Marshall Hendrix by his father when he was a toddler.
Could not read music so he taught himself to play the guitar by listening to well known guitarists.
Got his first electric guitar, a Supro Ozark 1560S, in 1959.
In 1966, on the advice of his manager, shortened and changed his first name to Jimi.
Enlisted in the Army in 1961, but was later discharged after only one year. The official reason for the discharge was listed as injury, though the book Room Full of Mirrors by Charles Cross alleges that Hendrix claimed to be a homosexual in in order to be discharged.
Called his 1967 legendary guitar-burning performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival a sacrifice because he destroyed his cherished musical instrument.
Became the first rock idol to pose for The Plaster Casters of Chicago, two artistic rock and roll groupies who made mold replicas of musicians' body parts.
Recorded only three albums in his career: Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland.
Inducted, along with other members of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 15, 1992.
Took top honors in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.