BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Jimi Hendrix, originally, Johnny Allen Hendrix, was born to James and Lucille on November 27, 1942 in Seattle Washington. As an 8-year-old boy, Jimi Hendrix loved to play air guitar with his mother's broom, and left bristles scattered on the floor, leaving his parents no other choice, but to buy another broom every time he destroyed the previous one. His father eventually purchased him an acoustic guitar, and the future rock star began emulating Muddy Waters, the father of modern Chicago blues, around the house. His mother was half Cherokee Indian, and suffered from alcoholism. Eventually, she died of cirrhosis of the liver. Jimi Hendrix was 15 years old at the time of her death.
In the summer of 1964, Jimi Hendrix was performing a gig at a club named Cafe Wha? at the corner of Minetta Lane, and MacDougal Street in Manhattan, New York. Among the audience was Bryan "Chas" Chandler, a bass player who helped The Animals, a British rock band, win an NME Award for British Disc This Year in 1964 for their hit single "The House of the Rising Sun," a song about a New Orleans brothel. In 1966, The Animals split up, and Chandler decided to make a living managing recording artists. The moment Jimi Hendrix began using his maxillary central incisors as a guitar pick, and entertaining party goers, Chandler knew his talent-fishing trip had just came to an end.
On September 21, 1966, a commercial airliner landed at Heathrow Airport from New York, and out came Jimmy Hendrix. Chandler along with Michael Jeffrey, the financier, formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience with Noel Redding, as the bassist, and Mitch Mitchell, as the drummer. They became an instant sensation, and peaked at number six on the British pop charts with their single "Hey Joe." The Jimi Hendrix Experience had three successful albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, before terminating their trio format shortly after the Denver Pop Festival on June 29, 1969. Later, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles formed the Band of Gypsys. Jimi Hendrix stepped foot on stage in front of 186,000 - 200,000 hippies, and performed the Star Spangled Banner on August 18, 1969 at the Woodstock Music Festival. Regrettably, Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 from an apparent drug overdose.
On March 9, 2018, Experience Hendrix, founded by James 'Al' Hendrix in 1995, and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are going to release "Both Sides of the Sky," an electrifying Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 magnificent studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970—10 of which have never been heard. Most of the album's tracks were recorded by the Band of Gypsys. "We have a growing commitment to preserve the legacy of Jimi and also to continue to give the worldwide family of Jimi fans quality releases. That's what "Both Sides of The Sky" reflects our ongoing commitment. In a deeper sense, it's the keeping of a promise. Jimi and I once made a promise to each other. He said he would take care of me and I told him I would take care him. Through his music and our preservation of his work, my brother and I honor one another. We are now in our third decade of watching over Jimi's creative works and our resolve to maintain the integrity of what he left us has only grown stronger with time," explained Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C..
"Somewhere," the album's lead track and the legendary guitarist's highest ever US singles chart achievement. This third release is anticipated to complete the spectacular recording event in epic fashion. "Since Experience Hendrix began its restoration of the Jimi Hendrix music catalog in 1997, our goal has been to present these important recordings to Jimi's fans in the best possible quality. We are excited about achieving that. We've also been intent on generating album releases which present this amazing music in its proper context," explains John McDermott, one of the album's co-producers, together with Janie Hendrix and Eddie Kramer.
Shawn W. Anderson