29 Black Music Milestones: Jimi Hendrix Lights His Guitar On Fire

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Born in Seattle, Washington, singer/guitarist Jimi Hendrix did not initially find success in his home country. Instead, he left for England in Sept. 1966 after an invitation from The Animal's bass player Chas Chandler who saw Hendrix perform at a New York club and thought the audience in Englad might be more receptive to his eclectic music.

While there, Hendrix formed The Jimi Hendrix experience with a bass and drum player and released UK singles "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze," as well as his debut album "Are You Experienced?" Seeing that his popularity was rising, Hendrix returned to the US a year later to play at the Monterey Pop Festival. There, he performed a legendary set that ended in his lighting his guitar on fire. The publicity stunt would go on to become one of the defining moments in rock history.

Hendrix himself would become an international success till his death in 1970.

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