Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a group that played R&B and soul and combined it with psychedelia. Hendrix would become a legend during the late 60's, for his innovative guitar playing. His innovations expanded the role of the electric guitar, as well as the sounds that could be produced. During the early 60's Jimi Hendrix played guitar for R&B artists such as Little Richard and The Isley Brothers. However, he did not feel that his talents were being used, optimally, and embarked on a solo career. Hendrix was playing in New York, when he was discovered by Animals bassist Chas Chandler, who became his manager and convinced him to move to London. In 1966, he formed his trio, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, which included drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, and released their first album: Are You Experienced? This was not only a critically acclaimed album, but an amazing one since prior to this time, Hendrix could not read or write music, rarely sung and apparently never wrote songs. However, his singing and composing would both become overshadowed by his innovations in guitar playing. Are You Experience? contains some of his signature tunes: Purple Haze, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, and Foxey Lady. He was a dazzling performer with the guitar. He played it behind his back, with his teeth and even set the guitar on fire.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's first album: Are You Experienced?