James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) born in Seattle Washington
World War II Ends
Al Hendrix Returns from Fort Rucker Alabama, Renames to James
His father Al returns from the army and re-names the child James Marshall Hendrix
Jimi's Brother Born, Leon Hendrix
Joseph Hendrix born
Al and Lucille took joe for ice cream, then dropped him off at adoption center. Lucille could not walk him to the door so Al took him with brown suit case knock on the door and walked away. Lucille was crying - joseph was 3 1/2
Kathy Hendrix born
gave up for adoption
His parents divorce.
Pamela Hendrix born
gave up for adoption
Jimi attends Leshi elementary school
Jimi Dreams of Camel carrying away mom
lucille is being carried away by camel, going underneath trees, you can see the leaf patterns - green and yellow shadows - she says i wont be seeing you much anymore
jimi joins football team
Sees Elvis Presley perform at Seattle's Sicks Stadium
Jimi sees Elvis Presley perform at Seattle's Sicks Stadium
Jimi's first guitar
Hendrix completed his studies at Washington Junior High School and began attending, but did not graduate from, Garfield High School. In mid-1958, at age 15, Hendrix acquired his first acoustic guitar, for $5. He played for hours daily, watching others and learning from more experienced guitarists, and listening to blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson. The first tune Hendrix learned to play was the television theme "Peter Gunn".
His mother Lucille passes
His mother Lucille passes of ruptured spleen. Jimi and leon did not attend funeral. Had a shot of seagrams 7 with dad at home, al insisted thats how men deal with it. Family was questioning why they didnt attend. Al loved her so much he was upset with her.
Jimi join local band the Rocking Kings
Jimi has stage fright - would play behind the curtains
Jimmy plays with local bands The Velvetones and The Rocking Kings
Joins Thomas & The Tom Cats. Drops out of Garfield High School
Joins Thomas & The Tom Cats. Drops out of Garfield High School
Enlisted in US Army
Before Hendrix was 19 years old, law authorities had twice caught him riding in stolen cars. Given a choice between prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961. Eight weeks of basic training at Fort Ord, California
Assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He arrived on November 8. Hendrix, who had left his guitar in Seattle at the home of his girlfriend Betty Jean Morgan, asked his father to send it to him as soon as possible, stating: "I really need it now."His father obliged and sent the red Silvertone Danelectro on which Hendrix had hand-painted the words "Betty Jean" to Fort Campbell.
Billy Cox meets Jimi
In November 1961, fellow serviceman Billy Cox walked past an army club and heard Hendrix playing. Impressed by Hendrix's technique, which Cox described as a combination of "John Lee Hooker and Beethoven", Cox borrowed a bass guitar and the two jammed. Within weeks, they began performing at base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band, the Casuals.
Jimi complete paratrooper training
Hendrix completed his paratrooper training and, on January 11, 1962, Major General C. W. G. Rich awarded him the prestigious Screaming Eagles patch.
Jimi was granted a general discharge under honorable conditions.
His personal conduct had begun to draw criticism from his superiors. They labeled him an unqualified marksman and often caught him napping while on duty and failing to report for bed checks. Hendrix's platoon sergeant, James C. Spears, filed a report in which he stated: "He has no interest whatsoever in the Army...It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible."
The King Kasuals become the house band at Club Del Morocco
November - The King Kasuals become the house band at Club Del Morocco
Moves to New York and joined Lonnie Youngblood's band The Bloodbrothers.
Tour with Little Richard
Signs record deal with Ed Chalpin
Hendrix signed a three-year recording contract with entrepreneur Ed Chalpin, receiving $1 and 1% royalty. While the relationship with Chalpin was short-lived, his contract remained in force, which caused considerable problems for Hendrix later on in his career. The legal dispute has continued to the present day.
Jimi meets manager Michael Jeffrey
Release of Purple Haze
Debut Album: UK release of Are You Experienced
The LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music. The album features Jimi Hendrix's innovative approach to songwriting and electric guitar playing which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music.
Saville Theatre Sgt. Pepper’s Performance
Hendrix performed it at Brian Epstein’s Saville Theatre on June 4th
Monterey Pop Festival Performance
US release of Are You Experienced
The album was issued in the US on August 23 by Reprise Records.The US version contained some of Hendrix's best known songs, including the Experience's first three singles, which, though omitted from the British edition of the LP, were top ten hits in the UK: "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe", and "The Wind Cries Mary". Hendrix was unhappy with the cover artwork for the UK edition, and solicited photographer Karl Ferris to create a more "psychedelic" cover for the US release.
Axis: Bold as Love is released in UK
Axis: Bold as Love is the second studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Track Records first released it in the United Kingdom on December 1, 1967, only seven months after the release of the group's highly successful debut, Are You Experienced. In the United States, Reprise Records delayed the release until the following month.
Axis: Bold as Love is release in US
In February 1968, it charted at number three in the United States.
Miami Pop Festival Performance
May 18, 1968 performance at the Pop & Underground Festival in Hallandale, Florida.
Winterland Ballroom Performance
Performed Little Wing live. The instrumental jam at the Cafe Au Go-Go is hauntingly brilliant. H The Winterland Ballroom has always brought the best out those who performed there, and of the three nights recorded there, Hendrix performed definitive versions of Purple Haze, Tax Free, Spanish Castle Magic along with covers of Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone and Cream’s Sunshine Of Your Love.
Electric Ladyland is released in US
Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the final studio album released in Hendrix's lifetime before his death in 1970. It was a "hit psychedelic album", Richie Unterberger later wrote, and by mid-November, it had reached number one in the US, spending two weeks atop the pop charts. The double LP was the Experience's most commercially successful release and Hendrix's only number-one album.
Electric Ladyland is released in UK
In the UK, it peaked at number six and charted for 12 weeks.
Woodstock Festival Performance
Birth of Son James Daniel Sundqvist
Son of Jimi and Eva Sundqvist.
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show
December 31, 1969. Hendrix is backed by Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, a lineup frequently referred to as the Band of Gypsys. Except for "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Lover Man", the eleven songs represent new material that had not been performed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The Cry of Love Tour Start LA Forum
Live at Berkeley
Hendrix performed in Berkeley about one month into his The Cry of Love Tour with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell. The set list was fairly typical for the tour – a mix of popular tunes and some newer material. "Hey Joe","Foxey Lady", "Purple Haze", and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)". "Machine Gun" was released two months earlier on the live Band of Gypsys album, and "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" was in development for his planned fourth studio album.
Atlanta International Pop Festival performance
Atlanta International Pop Festival.
Live in Maui Performance
Their performance on Maui was the trio's second-to-last in the U.S. during their final The Cry of Love Tour. During the first set, they played mainly songs from the Experience studio albums and Band of Gypsys. The second set mostly contains new songs Hendrix was in the process of recording for a planned fourth studio album.
One of the last photographs of Hendrix, at the Samarkand Hotel, September 17, 1970