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Jimi Hendrix: “Purple Haze” Jimi Hendrix was arguably one of the greatest guitarists of all time. One of his songs, “Purple Haze,” had a huge success when it first came out. It reached number three on the UK charts in 1967 when it was released on the album Are You Experienced ? The overall album was a success as well and it rose to number two in the UK and number five in the United States (“Hendrix,” Encyclopedia of Popular Music). This song is important from the perspective of the history of rock because it was one of the first big hits for Jimi Hendrix and it was one that propelled him into the spot light. Jimi Hendrix’s music also spans over many different genres such as Jazz, Rock, Soul, Blues, and Rap. I believe this song was more of a spiritual song for Jimi than anything else. Johnny Allen Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, at Seattle’s King County Hospital. Jimi’s father, James A. Hendrix, renamed his son James Marshall after his mother abandoned him. As a young child, Jimi showed an interest in music. He would listen to his father’s R&B and Blues records which made him very interested in music and it also explains why Jimi played some Blues music. Jimi was given his first guitar by his dad when he was five. He took the guitar and began teaching himself to play music by listening to notes and then trying to repeat those same notes. This way of learning an instrument is called “playing by ear.” Soon Jimi was playing his father’s records and songs on the radio. He had discovered his gift from God. Jimi joined the army shortly in 1961 but left in 1962, when he began his career as a guitarist. He played guitar for some great musicians such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers. His career really began in 1966, when he was introduced to Chas Chandler, the former bass player
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for the Animals. Chas Chandler recognized Jimi’s talents right away and got him to
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