40 Yrs Ago Today,February 24, 1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its last BRITISH performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

February 24, 1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its last BRITISH performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

In 1966 he was discovered by Chas Chandler, the former Animals bassist, while performing at New York’s Cafe Wha? with his group, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. Chandler became Hendrix’s manager and brought him to England, where he absorbed the nascent psychedelic movement, changed the spelling of his first name “Jimi” and formed a trio with bassist NOEL REDDING and drummer MITCH MITCHELL. The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded three landmark albums - Are You Experienced? , Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland - in a year and a half.

June 29, 1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays the final date on its last American tour at the Denver Pop Festival. At the height of its popularity, the group breaks up.

August 18, 1969: Hendrix debuts a new band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, at the Woodstock music festival in New York State. The group includes old friend Billy Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums, Larry Lee on rhythm guitar and Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez on percussion. He takes the stage at 7:30 in the morning, and his version of “The Star Spangled Banner” becomes the highlight of the festival. Hendrix performed his last concert at the Isle of Fehmarn, Germany on September 6, 1970 (though he joined Eric Burdon and War on stage on September 16 at Ronnie Scott’s in London).

Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27th, 1942. He died from suffocation, having inhaled vomit due to barbiturate intoxication, September 18, 1970.

R.I.P., and enjoy jammin’ with Stevie Ray in Heavan.
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Location: London, United Kingdom (UK/GB)

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