Jimi Hendrix

hendrix2November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

Any bio-let I could come up with for Jimi Hendrix would immediately fail to do him justice. Perhaps the most iconic guitar player in the history of rock-and-roll, Hendrix blazed (both figuratively AND literally) onto the scene in the late 1960’s and quickly became one of the most popular and sought-after artists around. His style was unique. His persona was wild. And his legend – following his untimely death at the age of 27 – remains unmatched and ever-expanding.

With that said…James Marshall Hendrix grew up in Seattle and idolized musicians like Elvis Presley and Little Richard. He learned guitar at 15 and found his first success in England where he formed his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. He made his first splash in the U.S. at the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival where he blew the audience away by his performance (not to mention his flaming guitar.) He went on to headline Woodstock and dazzle audiences everywhere he went. He enjoyed just four years of fame and only released three studio records, but still managed to change the course of music for an entire generation. But, alas, sometimes, meteoric rises crash hard. And, sometimes, they choke to death on their own vomit while high on barbiturates in a flat in London.

But, still, that cat could flat-out play.

Burial

Greenwood Memorial Park – Renton, WA

Specific Location

In 2002, Jimi’s father was finally able to move him from his original, modest grave to a new plot and a large family memorial was built for him at the Monroe Ave. entrance to the park. Jimi’s parents and other family members are also (and will also be) buried there.

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