Early Hendrix

27 Nov

We all know Jimi Hendrix. We all know some of his classics, like Purple Haze, Little Wing and Voodoo Child. His guitar playing was a huge influence on almost every electric guitar player after him. All the Eric Claptons, Stevie Ray Vaughans and John Mayers would have been nothing without Jimi.

But like of all of us, Hendrix had to start right at the bottom of the ladder. Before he became the guitar hero as we know him nowadays, playing with his teeth or behind his head, he worked as a session musician. Actually, his musical career started in the army, where he met some important musicians that introduced him to the scene. As a session guitarist, Hendrix played with quite famous people, like B.B. King, Little Richard and Bo Diddley. The interesting thing is that you can really hear his transformation as a guitar player. On the early recordings he sounds like every other soul guitar player, but with the years he developed his own style which we all recognize. Listen to the songs Mercy Mercy by Don Covay, (My Girl) She’s A Fox by The Icemen and Move Over & Let Me Dance by The Isley Brothers. Makes me wonder if these guys knew how legendary Hendrix would become?

Coincidence or not, today would have been Hendrix’ 69th birthday. Happy b-day Jimi!

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