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Jimi Hendrix Biography

Birth Name:
Johnny Allen Hendrix
Birth Place:
Seattle, Washington, United States
Musician, singer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Leon Hendrix -- Brother
  • James Allan Hendrix -- Father
  • Joseph Hendrix -- Half Brother
  • Lucille Hendrix Mitchell -- Mother
  • Kathy Ira Hendrix -- Sister
  • Pamela Hendrix -- Sister
  • Ayako June Fujita -- Stepmother
  • Janie Hendrix -- Stepsister