James Marshall Hendrix is one of the most prolific artists to have ever stepped foot on a stage. Between his stellar guitar skills and reckless behavior, fans ate up his rebel demeanor. Hendrix’ mystique was added to with the inaccuracies surrounding his death. With the observance of Veteran’s Day, The Urban Daily brings you five facts you still might not know about the man, the myth, the legend–Jimi Hendrix.
1. Little Richard stole Jimi Hendrix from The Isley Brothers’ band.
Jimi Hendrix was having a tough time trying to make ends meet while living in New York City. In an effort to keep a steady job, Hendrix took a job touring with the Isley Brothers as their guitarist. One fateful night one the road, Little Richard happened to be in attendance of one of their shows. Little Richard was so blown away by Jimi’s skills with the instrument, he offered double the salary the family band could. Influenced by the dollars, Jimi never played another show with Ron and company.
2. Frank Zappa influenced his experimentation with instruments and live shows.
Hendrix saw Zappa use a wah-wah pedal, a foot operated guitar effects machine used to mimic a human voice. Jimi began using the instrument accessory at every event he could. The performance Jimi began using the wah-wah pedal was also the same performance he started smashing and burning guitars on stage. Eventually, he would become known for those outlandish stage antics.
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3. Served in the Army.
After getting busted for riding in stolen cars twice, Jimi was given two choices. He could be locked in jail for two years or he could serve that time in the military. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and was stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There, he met loyal friend and collaborator, Billy Cox. After leaving the service, these two played music with other musicians at local venues. The two were so close that Cox suffered a serious breakdown when he found out about his friend’s passing.
4. James Marshall Hendrix isn’t his real name.