The Rockin' Jimi Hendrix Quiz

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True or false? Jimi Hendrix's given name was Johnny Allen Hendrix.

True. Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix (later changed by his father to James Marshall) on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington.

How old was Jimi Hendrix's mother when he was born?

His mother, Lucille, was only 17 years old when Hendrix was born.

When did Jimmy Hendrix enlist in the U.S. Army's 101 Airborne division?

Hendrix enlisted in 1961 but was discharged just 13 months later in 1962 after his superiors deemed him unfit to be a soldier.

In 1965, after playing for several years as a session artist, Hendrix formed his own band. What was it called?

Hendrix's first band was called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.

Who was Jimmy Hendrix's first manager?

In mid-1966, Hendrix met Chas Chandler -- bass player of British rock group the Animals -- who became his manager.

True or false? Jimi Hendrix was a left-hander who played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside down.

True. Hendrix played several guitars, but the Fender Stratocaster was his signature. He played the guitar upside down and restrung backward so he could play it left-handed, which gave it a sound it wasn't initially built for.

What two artists did Jimi Hendrix join with to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience?

Chas Chandler convinced Jimi Hendrix to go to London, where he joined forces with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 

What was Jimi Hendrix Experience's first single?

The Experience's first single was "Hey Joe," which spent 10 weeks on the U.K. charts, topping out at spot No. 6 in early 1967.

Which Beatle and early Hendrix supporter gave "Purple Haze" a resounding review in Melody Maker?

Although word of the Jimi Hendrix Experience had spread to the U.S., he did not play in the states until June 1967, when Paul McCartney insisted the Experience appear at the Monterey Pop Festival.

When Jimi Hendrix first arrived in the United Kingdom in 1966, who did he jam with at the London Polytechnic?

Hendrix played with Cream, apparently upstaging Britain's undisputed king of rock guitar, Eric Clapton.

What was the name of Jimi Hendrix's New York City recording studio?

Jimi Hendrix built his own recording studio, Electric Lady Studios, in New York City.

What was the name of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's two-LP collection released in October 1968?

"Electric Ladyland" is widely considered the Jimi Hendrix Experience's crowning achievement that focuses attention on Hendrix's abilities as singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer.

"Electric Ladyland" included a cover of which Bob Dylan song?

Of course it's "All Along the Watchtower," which Bob Dylan is quoted as saying, "I liked Jimi Hendrix's record of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way... Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way."

True or false? The Experience eventually broke up in 1969.

True. Throughout 1968, the demands of Jimi Hendrix's own touring and studio work took its toll on the group and in 1969 the Experience disbanded.

Which Jimi Hendrix track was included on the "Easy Rider" film soundtrack in 1969?

"If 6 Was 9" from "Axis: Bold as Love" was selected to be on the "Easy Rider" film soundtrack.

True or false? In the summer of 1969, Jimi Hendrix played the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.

True. Hendrix's Woodstock performance was highlighted by his electric version of "The Star Spangled Banner," which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Not long after Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix put together a band that included all black members. What was it called?

The band, which included Hendrix's army buddy Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, was called Band of Gypsys.

In 1970, what two artists did Jimi Hendrix bring together in an effort to revive the Jimi Hendrix Experience?

Jimi Hendrix brought back drummer Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox on bass, and together the new trio formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The newly formed Jimi Hendrix Experience was in the studio recording tracks for a new album titled what when Hendrix died?

Hendrix never saw the album, titled "First Rays of the New Rising Sun," become a reality because of his demanding schedule and unexpected death.

True or false? "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" was never released.

False. The recordings Hendrix slated for the album were finally issued via his family and original studio engineer Eddie Kramer in 1997.

When did Jimi Hendrix die?

Jimi Hendrix died on Sept. 18, 1970 in London from drug-related complications.

Which is NOT a Jimi Hendrix tribute album?

There are many Hendrix tribute albums, but "Heart" is not one of them.

True or false? In 1993 an exhibit of Hendrix's work toured college campuses.

True. The audio-visual exhibit of Hendrix's work called "Jimi Hendrix: On the Road Again" toured college campuses and art galleries in the United States, to predominately young audiences.

What billionaire Hendrix fan helped Hendrix's father, James "Al" Hendrix, regain full control of his son's estate after he signed away the rights to portions of his son's work to various international conglomerates in the '70s?

In 1995, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, helped Al Hendrix regain complete control of his son's estate, which included Jimi Hendrix's finished and unreleased recordings, as well as his musical compositions.

True or false? 'Voodoo Chile" is Jimi Hendrix's longest studio recording.

True. At 15 minutes, it is Hendrix's longest studio recording and features several musicians in what has been described as an epic studio jam.

What British musician played bass and organ on "Voodoo Chile?"

"Voodoo Chile" was recorded at the Record Plant in New York City with Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell, organist Steve Winwood and bassist Jack Casady.

Between the years 1966 and 1970, how many shows did Jimi Hendrix play?

From 1966 to 1970, Hendrix played more than 600 shows, many of them festivals he headlined.

When and where did Jimi Hendrix play his last concert?

Hendrix played his last live show on Sept. 6, 1970, as the second incarnation of The Experience at the Open Air Love and Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany.

How many songs does Jimi Hendrix have on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time?

Hendrix has three songs on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, including "Purple Haze," which landed on the No. 2 spot.

True or false? Jimi Hendrix never won a Grammy.

True. Hendrix never won a Grammy for his work while alive, but he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Grammy awards posthumously. Several of his recordings have also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame posthumously.

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Jimi Hendrix is considered the greatest guitarist of all-time. He was also one of the biggest icons of the '60s psychedelic culture. Clear your mind of that Purple Haze and see what you remember about this guitar Voodoo Chile.

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