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Jimi Hendrix plays his first gig (1959)

Jimi Hendrix plays his first gig (1959)

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix was born  on November 27 1942, in Seattle, Washington. Music became a sanctuary for Hendrix from his tumultuous childhood. His first gig was with an unnamed band in the basement of a synagogue, Seattle’s Temple De Hirsch, on February 20 1959, but “after too much showing off”, the band fired him between sets.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Listen to some of Jimi Hendrix’s music today
  • Watch some of his performances, starting – here and here
  • Find out more about the Electric Guitar origins – here
  • Or our Inspired by Jimi Hendrix activity – here
  • Test your knowledge with our 60s music quiz – here
  • Have a go at this Jimi Hendrix quiz  – here