Jimi Hendrix's Life By taliabyrd Nov 27, 1942 Jimi was born as Johonny Hendrix Period: Nov 27, 1942 to Sep 18, 1970 Jimi Hendrix's Life Jan 1, 1958 Hendrix dropped out of high school. He worked different jobs while continuing to follow his music Jul 1, 1958 Jimi gets his first acoustic guitar Jan 1, 1961 Jimi starts playing backup for bands Feb 26, 1961 Hendrix enlisted in the army until 1962 due to an injury Jun 26, 1966 mid- 1966 Jimi Hendrix met Chas Chandler. A former member of the Animals, who became his manager. Jun 26, 1966 Chandler convinced Hendrix to go to London where he joined other musicians to create The Jimi Hendrix Experience. May 1, 1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their first single It was a huge hit in Britin, he soon went on tour where he showed the audiences his "outrageous guitar-playing skills" Dec 1, 1967 The band released their second album, Axis: Bold as Love Oct 16, 1968 Their final album as a band was released : Electric Ladyland Jun 20, 1969 The Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up Aug 18, 1969 Hendrix preformed at Woodstock Festival Hendrix preformed his big hit of his version of the "The Star Spangled Banner" Sep 18, 1970 Jimi Hendrix dies because of drug-related complications.