Jimmy Hendrix is famous for one main reason - he was consider one of the worlds greatest, and most influential guitar players in rock history. He is said to have influenced many musicians and music styles.
Jimmy was influenced by basically every major artist at the time, such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Robert Johnson, just to name a few. In my opinion though, his biggest influence was his father.
The most basic version is that he enlisted into the Army and became part of the 101 Airborne in 1961, and was then honorably discharged due to an injury he received when doing a jump - that is the story he told the reporters later on in his career.
The other version, and by far the funnier one, is that Hendrix joined the Army to avoid a two year jail sentence for riding in a stolen car. One of his instructors later stated that he “had no good characteristics”, he was constantly caught sleeping on duty and missing at the mid-night bed checks. It was also said that he needed supervision in the most basic tasks.
After one year of service he was discharged for “behavior problems.” In a biography written in 2005, it was said that Hendrix went to the camp psychiatrist and said he had fallen in love with a fellow soldier.
Although very well known in the UK, it wasn’t until the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, that Hendrix became known in the US.
In 1969 the Experiences disbanded, after several tours.
In the summer of 1969 at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Jimmy and several other musicians formed a band called Gypsy Sun & Rainbows. The other musicians were Billy Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums (he was previously in the Experience), Juma Sultan, and Jerry Velez.
He was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
He was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
The magazine Rolling Stone named him #1 on their list of Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, in 2003.
He was awarded the Grammy Life Time Achievement Award, which is awarded to "performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording”.