JIMI HENDRIX TIMELINE - Before fame
November 1942 - September 1966
Not a day to day timeline of course but a quick overview for a clearer understanding of Jimmy's formative years
All data taken many souces but in particular "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" by Steve Roby & Brad Schreiber.
November 27, 1942 - Birth (named Johnny Allen Hendrix).
September 1945 - His father Al returns from the army and re-names the child James Marshall Hendrix
1951 - His parents divorce.
September 1957 - Jimmy sees Elvis Presley perform at Seattle's Sicks Stadium
February 1, 1958 - His mother Lucille dies
1959-1960 - Jimmy plays with local bands The Velvetones and The Rocking Kings
1960 - Drops out of Garfield High School
May - Arrested for joy riding in a stolen car. Join the 101st Airborne parachute division. Meets Billy Cox
January - Forms The King Kasuals with Billy Cox while still in military service at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
June - Discharged from the army. Heads for Clarksville, Tennessee.
October - Billy Cox discharched. They head for Nashville.
November - The King Kasuals become the house band at Club Del Morocco. Jimmy is 22 years old.
January - Jimmy also plays for The Continentals at the Club Del Morocco
March - Joins a tour of the
south in "Gorgeous" George Odell's backing band. Aretha Franklin and
Hank Ballard are also on the tour. Jimmy then joins Ballard's band
May - After being fired from Ballard's band, he returns to Club Del Morocco in Nashville
July - The band change their name to The Casuals and play for two weeks at The Black Poodle Club in Nashville.
Billy Cox & The Sandpipers play The Jolly Roger Club in Nashville. "Jimmy Hendrix and his magic guitar" is support act.
August - Recording sessions with Frank Howard, Johnny Jones and George Yates & Sandra Wright
September - Joins The Bonnevilles (with Larry Lee).
November - Moves to New York.
January - Jimmy wins the first prize at the Apollo Theater's Wednesday Night Amateur Competition.
February - Audition for The Isley Brothers
March/April - Joins The Isley Brothers on tour all over America and Canada.
May - Recording session with The Isley's ("Testify") and Don Covay ("Mercy Mercy")
June - Vaious concerts with the Isleys
August - Sacked from the Isley Brothers and joins a tour with "Gorgeous" George Odell.
September - Tour with The Tams.
October/November - Tours with George Odell's band, backing Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson.
December - Joins Little Richards band The Crown Jewels.
January - Tour with Little Richard. Meets BB King.
February - Concerts with Little Richard and with Ike & Tina Turner
March-July - Tour with Little Richard. Recording sessions with Rosa Lee Brooks and Mr. Wiggles. Signs with Sue Records.
August - Recording session and concerts with The Isley Brothers.
September - Tour with The Isley Brothers.
October - Sessions with Curtis Knight. Signs with PPX Enterprises. Concerts with The Isley Brothers.
November - Concerts with Joey Dee and the Sarlighters.
December - Sessions with Curtis Knight and live recordings at an empty Georges Club 20, Hackensack, New Jersey.
January - Tour with King Curtis & The Kingpins
February - Session for a Jane Mansfield B-side ("Suey"). Tour with King Curtis & The Kingpins
March - Sessions with Curtis Knight and the single "How Would You Feel" is released
April - Concerts with Curtis Knight. Session with King Curtis.
May - Concerts with with King Curtis, Sam & Dave, Carl Holmes and with Curtis Knight at The Cheetah Club where Linda Keith meets Jimmy.
June - Meets Bob Dylan. Second Curtis Knight single "Hornet's Nest"/"Knock Yourself Out" (both Hendrix instrumentals) released.
Performs with the Blood Brothers (with sax player Lonnie Youngblood).
Sessions with Youngblood, The Icemen and Jimmy Norman. Concert with The
July - Club date under his own name
at Ondines where The Rolling Stones see him. Passes audition to play
regulalrly at the Café Wha? Forms the house band with Randy
California on second guitar.
- Linda Keith brings Chas Chandler to see Hendrix at the Café Wha?
Last gig with Curtis Knight. Club dates backing/guesting with John Hammond Jr.
September - More club
dates with John Hammond Jr. at the Café à Go Go. Chas
secures him a passport and clears up any binding contracts (except the
one with Ed Chalpin's PPX Enterprises, dammit!).
September 23 - Jimi leaves the USA with Chas and flies to London.
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