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Jimi's Boyhood nickname was Buster.
Other celebrities that have attended the same Seattle high school as Jimi, Garfield High School, were Quincy Jones and Bruce Lee.
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.
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.
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 and brought him to the attention of Chas Chandler.
Randy California (Randy Wolfe) of the group Spirit, was given his "California" last name by Jimi because, at the time in 1966, there was another member in the group named Randy.
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".
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.
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
Jim sat in with the band Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers in London 1967. A member of the band was Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame
Jimi jammed with the band Tomorrow in London 1967. The band's guitar player was Steve Howe 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
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.
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.
Janie Hendrix in NOT a blood relative of Jimi. She is his stepsister via father Al Hendrix's second marriage.
The original lyrics to Purple Haze were "Purple Haze, Jesus Saves".
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.
Jimi hung out with Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame after a show in Cleveland, Ohio in 1968
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 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.
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.
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 a chance meeting in the late 1969 in Ft. Worth, when Jimmie's band opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. A very young 18 year old Jimmie loaned Jimi Hendrix his Vox Wah pedal. Hendrix broke it, and gave Vaughan his touring 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 by The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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 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 jammed with Jimi at The Scene in New York City in 1968
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the first rock group to go extinct, with all original members now dead.