On November 27, 1942, the US saw the birth of an amazingly talented musician and artist in the persona of Jimi Hendrix. Born as Johnny Allen Hendrix, he had his name changed to James Marshall and eventually took the nickname “Jimmy” from his father, James Al Hendrix. His father recalls the small Jimmy using their broomstick as a guitar. This prompted him to give little Jimmy a ukulele. The boy’s passion for playing guitar never dwindled since then.
Although he has no formal education in this field as he was not even able to write or read musical pieces, in just four years after starting his career, he was already recognized that time by his unique and moving style. With such expertise, he was able to render vibrant and creative rock music through distortion of sounds and feedback with a combination of fuzz and other styles in a fascinating way.
During the Woodstock Music and Art Fair Festival in 1969, people who witnessed him play a renegade rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” in his own musical jive, may still smile until this moment whenever they look at the USA flag as they sing The American National Anthem.
Other than his unnerving music, he was also famous for his sense of fashion. He would always be spotted wearing medallions, scarves and rings, and, of course, his signature hairstyle.
Even in his untimely death in 1970 — with some details still remaining a mystery — his artistry did not die. This electric guitarist and popular 1960s icon even transcended this era as until now, his effects on the new generation is still revived every time they listen to his youthful and raving music, which has captured the kind of energy trapped in the young, and will continue to hold sway for more generations to come.