Rock and Roll Flyer - Jimi Hendrix

Katie Love

­How did Jimi Hendrix change Rock and Roll/Rhythm and Blues forever?

He expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar to reach areas that no musician had ever ventured to before.

What components of this group made them so appealing in the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s?

He had outrageous guitar techniques, such as playing with his teeth, behind his back, and without touching the strings, amazed his audiences and contributed to his reputation as a showman. A more subtle unorthodox technique of his, however, was that he played his Fender Stratocaster upside down to accommodate his left-handedness. His left-handed skills were much to the chagrin of his father who believed it was a sign of the Devil.


Summarize the Roots of Rock “n” roll / Rhythm and Blues.

The more immediate roots of rock and roll lay in the so-called "race" music, or rhythm & blues, and "hillbilly" music, or county & western of the Forties and Fifties. Other significant influences include blues, jazz, gospel, boogie-woogie, folk and bluegrass.

­Today, what makes Jimi Hendrix still popular?

Jimi Hendrix is arguably the world's greatest guitar player.


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­What are some of Jimi Hendrix's top songs?

Some of Jimi Hendrix's most popular songs would be Purple Haze, All along the watchtower, and Little wing.

Key Events

1942 Johnny Allen Hendrix is born at 10:15 a.m. at Seattle’s King County Hospital.

1958-Jimi Hendrix’s father buys him a second-hand acoustic guitar. It costs five dollars. -

1967-The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases ‘Axis: Bold As Love'

1968-The Experience embarks on a major U.S. tour. The first show is at the Fillmore, in San Francisco.

1970-Jimi Hendrix dies in his sleep at the Samarkand Hotel in London. He was 27.