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Surprising Things You Probably Didn't Know!

Jimi was originally named "Johnny Allen Hendrix" at birth by his mother Lucille. Al Hendrix later legally changed Jimi's name to "James Marshall Hendrix" because Johnny was the name of one of Lucille's many boyfriends during their marriage.

Jimi's boyhood nickname was Buster, after the movie star Buster Crabbe who starred in the Flash Gordon movies that Jimi loved as a boy. 

Other celebrities that have attended the same Seattle high school as Jimi, Garfield High School, were Quincy Jones and Bruce Lee.

Jimi attended an Elvis Presley concert at Sicks Stadium in Seattle in 1957. Jimi later performed at Sicks Stadium in 1970.

In 1965, guitar pioneer and producer Les Paul watched Hendrix audition for a nightclub gig in Greenwich Village, NYC, and was awestruck by his performance. An errand forced him to leave the club before he had the chance to speak with Hendrix. When he returned later to contact and sign Hendrix, he found that the club owner had turned Hendrix down for being too loud and crazy and that Hendrix had disappeared.

Jimi's girlfriend Fayne Pridgeon got him backstage to meet Sam Cooke at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City in 1964.

Manny Roth, the owner of the Cafe Wah club in New York City, where Jimi's early band, Jimmy James & The Blue Flames played, is the uncle of David Lee Roth of Van Halen.

Jimi played guitar on the recording of "Suey" by Hollywood Movie Star Jayne Mansfield in 1966.

The Police Guitarist, Andy Summers, met Jimi at Zoot Money's house during his first week in London 1966, and later jammed with him at TTG studios in Hollywood, California in 1968.

Lemmy Kilmeister, bassist for Motorhead, was an early roadie for the Experience in London.

Linda Keith, a girlfriend of Keith Richards, "discovered" Jimi in New York City during The Rolling Stone's 3rd U.S. tour in 1966 and brought him to the attention of Chas Chandler. She took one of Keith's guitars and gave it to Jimi to help him out.

Randy California (Randy Wolfe) of the group Spirit, played with Jimi in his early group "The Blue Flames" and was given his "California" nickname name by Jimi since he was from California and because, at the time in 1966, there was another band member in The Blue Flames, named Randy who was from Texas. He asked him to come with him to England, but he was under age and his parents wouldn't give him permission to go.

Jimi only met Bob Dylan once, briefly, at a folk club in New York City.

Jimi toured with the band Joey Dee & The Starliters who had a hit with "The Peppermint Twist".

Roger Earl, later the drummer for Foghat, was one of the many drummers who auditioned for the Experience when Jimi first arrived in London in 1966.

The Experience was part of a "package" tour of England in early 1967 that included Cat Stevens and Englebert Humperdink. They were also part of another package tour with Pink Floyd and The Nice with Keith Emerson later of ELP.

The Experience's first official performance was in Paris, France 1966. The headliner of the show was the 'French Elvis" Johnny Hallyday. In Hallyday's backing band was a young guitarist Micky (Mick) Jones who later founded the group Foreigner with Lou Gramm

The military style jacket that Jimi wore during his early days in London was actually a Britsh Royal Veterinary Corps dress jacket.

Jim sat in with the band Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers in London 1967. A member of the band was Tommy Chong later of Cheech & Chong fame

Jimi jammed with the band "Tomorrow" in London 1967. The band's guitar player's were Steve Howe and Pater Banks, later members of Yes.

The Opening act for the Experience's first performance at the Marquee Club in London was "Syn" who's bass player was Chris Squier, later of Yes

Freddy Mercury of Queen, was an early Hendrix fan and attended some of Jimi's early performances in England, and wrote his art school thesis about Hendrix.

Brian May of Queen, and his early band "1984" opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Imperial College, England on May 13, 1967. Queen drummer Roger Taylor attended an early Experience concert in Bristol, England 1967

Despite all the stories, Jimi only ever burned his guitar twice.  On March 31, 1967 at the Astoria Club In London, and at the Monterey Pop Festival 1967.

Jimi asked Al Kooper, who played keyboards on Bob Dylan's recording of "Like A Rolling Stone", to play keyboards during his performance of "Like A Rolling Stone" at the Monterey Pop Festival, but Kooper declined because he was hired byFestival Organizer Lou Adler to be the Assistant Stage Manager for the festival.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was only on the Monterey bill because of the insistence of Paul McCartney who was one of the Monterey Pop Festival board members.

After the Monterey Pop Festival the Experience had no scheduled gigs in the United States, since before then they were unknown in America. Bill Graham came to their rescue and signed them for 3 shows at the Fillmore West.

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees saw Jimi playing in a New York City club in 1966 before Jimi went to England.

When the Experience joined The Monkees tour as their opening act, they received no billing. None of the posters, handbills or advertisements for the concerts mentioned the Jimi Hendrix Experience, so The Monkees fans had no idea who they were when they came on stage.

Janie Hendrix in NOT a blood relative of Jimi. She is his stepsister via father Al Hendrix's second marriage. She only met Jimi 4 times for a couple days each when he returned to Seattle for concert performances. Janie was only 9 years old when he died.

Jimi returned to his hometown of Seattle only 4 times after he left home to go into the Army in 1961, all for concert performances. Twice in 1968 and once each in 1969 and 1970. 

The original lyrics to Purple Haze were "Purple Haze, Jesus Saves".

Jimi's USA record label "Reprise" was owned by Frank Sinatra.

There is no bass guitar on the recording of Red House.

Jimi played bass on the recording of All Along The Watchtower.

Jimi never had a driver's license and had poor vision but refused to wear glasses.

The recording of Voodoo Chile on Electric Ladyland was not a live recording. The audience sounds at the end were dubbed in later.

Jimi recorded 52 takes of the song Gypsy Eyes.

The first letters of the song title The "Stars That Play" With "Laughing Sam's Dice" were for the drugs STP and LSD.

Johnny Winter did not play on the infamous bootleg High Live And Dirty / Let's Drop Some Ludes And Vomit from The Scene, New York City 1968. The one with Jim Morrison screaming on it.  Rick Derringer of The McCoys plays guitar on it.

Jimi hung out with Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame after a show in Cleveland, Ohio in 1968.

Jimi did not like Motown's music. He referred to it as "synthetic soul music"

Jimmy Page, then with The Yardbirds, missed a chance to meet Jimi. He entered the The Scene club in New York City one night in 1968 and was seated just as Jimi got up and left for the night.

Nils Lofgren, of Grin and later Bruce Springsteen's band, attended Jimi's concert in Washington, D.C. March 10, 1968. He said it was after seeing Jimi play that night, that he decided to become a rock n roll musician. He later met Jimi at the Greenwich Village, NYC club "The Scene" where Jimi regularly hung out.

Carlos Santana attended Jimi's performance at the San Jose Pop Festival in Santa Clara, California 1969. Stevie Nicks was also there and watched the show from the side of the stage. She and Lindsey Buckingham performed at the show as part of the folk ensemble "Fritz".

Punky Meadows, later of the group Angel, attended Jimi's recording sessions at TTG Studios in Hollywood, California 1968.

Jimi was scheduled to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in November 1968, but a 3 week TV musicians strike forced the cancellation of his appearance.

Jimi had played The Star Spangled Banner in concert before his performance at Woodstock.

Jimi gave the white Fender Stratocaster he played at Woodstock to Mitch Mitchell who later sold it for $250,000.

Tommy Erdelyi, (Tommy Ramone) the original drummer and co-founder of the Ramones, was an assistant engineer at The Record Plant studios where Jimi  recorded and worked on some of Jimi's sessions in 1969/70.

After Jimi's death, Mitch Mitchell auditioned for the drummer's job in Paul McCartney's Wings in 1974, but was not selected because his drumming style was considered "too busy".

Ace Frehley of Kiss attended Jimi's concert at Randall's Island, New York City 1970. Before Jimi's set, he climbed on stage pretending to be a stage hand, helped set up Jimi's equipment and watched the show from the side of the stage.

Prescott Niles, the drummer for The Knack, jammed with Jimi at Ungano's Club, in New York City in 1969.

Bill Lordan, later Robin Trower's drummer, along with bassist Willie Weeks auditioned for Jimi in 1969 while he was trying to put together his new "Gypsy's, Sun & Rainbows" band prior to Woodstock and jammed with him for 3 days.

Patti Smith attended the grand opening party at Electric Lady Studios in 1970 and later sat on the curb outside talking with Jimi.

Robby Krieger of The Doors sat next to Jimi on the flight to London for the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970. When asked what they talked about during the flight he responded "drugs".

Robin Trower's band Procul Harum was on the same bill as Jimi in Berlin, Germany 9/4/70. He watched Jimi perform and briefly talked to him in his dressing room after the show.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was in the band Moving Sidewalks that opened for the Experience in Dallas, Texas 1968. He hung out with Jimi after the show and Jimi gave him a pink Fender Stratocaster guitar.

Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan's brother, met Jimi in the late 1969 in Ft. Worth, Texas when Jimmie's band opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. A very young 18 year old Jimmie  loaned Jimi his Vox Wah Wah pedal to use. Hendrix broke it, so Jimi gave Vaughan his touring Wah Wah pedal as a replacement. Jimmie still has it, and uses it to this day.

Alice Cooper, the shock rock legend has been represented by Shep Gordon since the 1960s - and it was only because of Hendrix that the pair met in Los Angeles, launching Cooper's band's career. He tells Britain's Daily Express: "My manager for the last 40 years has been Shep Gordon. In the late Sixties, Shep met Jimi at an L.A. hotel pool with (soul band) The Chambers Brothers. When Jimi asked Shep what he did he replied he didn't know yet. Jimi replied: 'Are you Jewish? You should be a manager.' "One of The Chambers Brothers then said, 'There's a rock band living in our basement and they need a manager.' If Jimi hadn't been sunbathing that day who knows where we all might have ended up?"

Leon Hendrix was not included in Al Hendrix's Will, and  received no money or any part of Jimi's estate upon his father's death.

Noel Redding signed away all his royalty rights to his Hendrix recordings for a lump sum payment of $250,000 in the early 1970's

Former Vice President Dan Quayle is a big Jimi Hendrix fan.

The Are You Experienced LP was prevented from reaching Number 1 on the albums charts in America in 1967 by The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.

A couple days before Jimi's death, Eric Clapton had found a left handed Fender Stratocaster which he was going to give to Jimi.

In 1988 Chas Chandler enlisted Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell to add bass and drum parts to unfinished recordings from 1967. None of which have been released.

Greg Rollie of Santana and later Journey says: " I have a great story about Hendrix. I never really met him, but when we went to go play Woodstock, I was in our truck, and I went swimming every day at this waterhole. I was coming back from it, in our truck, and I got behind somebody in a Corvette doing about 15 miles per hour. I couldn't believe it, and it was on a winding road in Upstate New York. I was honking my horn, and I was really angry. I went by, and looked over, and it was Hendrix. I'm honking and flipping him off, and I went, "Oh my God!" I just kept on going. I'll never forget that. I was like, "Man, he can't drive". (Laughs)

Neil Young arrived at Woodstock the same time Jimi did. There were no helicopters or vehicles available to to get them to the stage, so Neil stole a pickup truck, and with Jimi as a passenger, drove to the stage site himself.

Jimi appears in the cover photograph of Frank Zappa's album "We're Only In It For The Money"

Marc Bolan and T-Rex were on the same bill as the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Woburn Festival, England 1968.

Ron Wood Of The Rolling Stones was entering Ronnie Scott's club on evening of September 16, 1970 when he passed Jimi who was leaving. He turned and said, "Hey Jimi, you didn't day hello" because Jimi didn't acknowledge him.

Woodstock Promoter Michael Lang says Jimi was paid for and supposed to perform two sets at Woodstock. The first one accoustic, to open the festival, but he never showed up for it.

Ted Nugent's early band, The Amboy Dukes, opened for The Experience in Atlanta, Georgia on August 17 1968,  and later that year Nugent jammed with Jimi at The Scene club in New York City in 1968

Leon Hendrix was in jail on robbery and burglary charges on the day Jimi died.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the first rock group to go extinct, with all original members now dead.