Jimi Hendrix: Wave On, Wave On


In light of the recent release of Jimi: All Is By My Side, the biopic on master musician Jimi Hendrix, I decided to write this spotlight on Hendrix to familiarize you with the legend and offer up a few of my favorite songs! The movie covers the period from 1966 to 1967, a time in Hendrix’s life when he was playing backup guitar and focuses on the period just before his transformation into a rock star.

Jimi grew up in Seattle, Washington with his father and his mother until her death in 1958.  The same year his mother died, Jimi’s father bought him an acoustic guitar.  At age 16, Jimi played every spare moment he had.  A year later, his father bought him his first electric guitar.  With this guitar, Jimi performed in a band called the Rocking Kings.  In 1961, Jimi enlisted in the army and was training to be a paratrooper.  He was injured during a jump, receiving an honorable discharge.  With this shutdown of Jimi’s military career, his musical career found a new life: he began playing with the likes of Little Richard and King Curtis.  In 1966, Hendrix formed a band called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames and landed a regular gig in Greenwich. After this initial breakthrough Jimi was on a consistently rising track, forming The Jimi Hendrix Experience, releasing chart topping albums and singles, touring Europe and the United States, and playing at Woodstock.

Through all of this, Jimi maintained his unique personality and outlook on life as well as a sense of modesty and simplicity.  Jimi created what he liked, wore what he wanted to, and he waved his freak flag high. What draws me to Jimi is this personality and character--something he brought to music in novel ways.  Below is a set of my favorite songs performed by the legendary Jimi Hendrix.  Enjoy!

Jimi Hendrix: The Star Spangled Banner




Jimi Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower




Jimi Hendrix: If 6 Was 9




Jimi Hendrix: Foxey Lady




Jimi Hendrix: Castles Made of Sand




Jimi Hendrix: Bold As Love




Thank you to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for clarification of dates and chronology.