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 Dennis Zimbelman When he became famous seven years later in London – after many stints on the road in the American south with R&B bands, and also striking out in New York City – it was precisely his ‘otherness’ that made him a star. By playing exactly the kind of flashy guitar that had got him fired from a Seattle synagogue basement, Hendrix put every guitar player in London on notice. Hendrix, as Jeff Beck once described, “reset all the rules”. And it all began in the basement of a Seattle synagogue. This originally appeared in Classic Rock 217 Hendrix: The Gigs That Changed History – #2 The Cheetah club Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Even in that synagogue gig there was already a sense of ‘otherness’ to Jimi Hendrix, as if he were somehow not of this world. Faced with the opportunity to fit in and make money with popular music the way everyone thought it should be done, he balked. The Temple De Hirsch Sinai gig was in many ways an unmitigated disaster, but in that disaster was also the making of greatness. Jimi was inventing himself, and even if it meant poverty and standing in an alley rather than being on stage, he was cementing what would be his musical signature. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman His implacability had significant economic implications, because the only way for a guitarist to make a living in Seattle then was to play with a popular dance band. Goudy began to doubt whether hooking up with her clearly talented paramour would ultimately be a smart decision in the long term. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Goudy suggested that maybe he play more rhythm guitar, and not make his solos as flashy, or as long, because in an era when vocal pop music reigned, guitarists were considered part of the band, not the main show. Jimi was immoveable, though. “That’s not my style,” he insisted. “I don’t do that.” Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman The synagogue was at 15th and Union, which was only a few shorts blocks north of where Jimi lived at the time, but rather than walk home he simply sat down in the alley, despondent. For over an hour, Goudy recalled, he recounted every aspect of his short appearance on stage, frustrated that what he thought was an extraordinary performance had not been well-received by the audience, or by the bandmates he thought he was joining up with. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman When the set ended, Goudy went to the back of the building to find Jimi to congratulate him on such an exemplary performance. But he was nowhere to be found. She searched the entire building. Finally she left, and saw him in an alley behind the synagogue. She would recall years later that he looked as if he was moments away from tears. He’d been fired. The bandleader had said he was simply too wild, and that the way he played interfered with the crowd’s dancing. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman When the set ended, Goudy went to the back of the building to find Jimi to congratulate him on such an exemplary performance. But he was nowhere to be found. She searched the entire building. Finally she left, and saw him in an alley behind the synagogue. She would recall years later that he looked as if he was moments away from tears. He’d been fired. The bandleader had said he was simply too wild, and that the way he played interfered with the crowd’s dancing. The synagogue was at 15th and Union, which was only a few shorts blocks north of where Jimi lived at the time, but rather than walk home he simply sat down in the alley, despondent. For over an hour, Goudy recalled, he recounted every aspect of his short appearance on stage, frustrated that what he thought was an extraordinary performance had not been well-received by the audience, or by the bandmates he thought he was joining up with. The 20 Greatest British Blues Albums: 1960 – 1966 The top 10 best Paul McCartney & Wings songs The Rush Quiz Ritchie Blackmore says Rainbow could play again Goudy suggested that maybe he play more rhythm guitar, and not make his solos as flashy, or as long, because in an era when vocal pop music reigned, guitarists were considered part of the band, not the main show. Jimi was immoveable, though. “That’s not my style,” he insisted. “I don’t do that.” His implacability had significant economic implications, because the only way for a guitarist to make a living in Seattle then was to play with a popular dance band. Goudy began to doubt whether hooking up with her clearly talented paramour would ultimately be a smart decision in the long term. Even in that synagogue gig there was already a sense of ‘otherness’ to Jimi Hendrix, as if he were somehow not of this world. Faced with the opportunity to fit in and make money with popular music the way everyone thought it should be done, he balked. The Temple De Hirsch Sinai gig was in many ways an unmitigated disaster, but in that disaster was also the making of greatness. Jimi was inventing himself, and even if it meant poverty and standing in an alley rather than being on stage, he was cementing what would be his musical signature. When he became famous seven years later in London – after many stints on the road in the American south with R&B bands, and also striking out in New York City – it was precisely his ‘otherness’ that made him a star. By playing exactly the kind of flashy guitar that had got him fired from a Seattle synagogue basement, Hendrix put every guitar player in London on notice. Hendrix, as Jeff Beck once described, “reset all the rules”. And it all began in the basement of a Seattle synagogue. This originally appeared in Classic Rock 217 Hendrix: The Gigs That Changed History – #2 The Cheetah club SEE MORE CLASSIC ROCK FEATURES by TaboolaSponsored LinksYou May Like The Non-Verbal Signs Your Dog Is Giving You Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement Before You Join a Meal Kit Subscription Read This Blue Apron vs Home Chef If You're Over 30 This War Game Is A Must-Have! Total Battle: Tactical Wargame 96-Year-Old Puts Her House For Sale. Look How It Looks Inside Finance101 The Top 10 Best Dire Straits Songs Wardrobe Malfunctions That Somehow Made It Into Films KiwiReport Promoted Links Advertisement CLASSIC ROCK NEWSLETTER Sign up below to get the latest from Classic Rock, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! No spam, we promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details without your permission. Advertisement MORE FROM CLASSIC ROCK 1 Def Leppard and Aerosmith map out Las Vegas residencies 2 The Story Behind The Song: Space Oddity by David Bowie 3 Guitarist’s hair catches fire during Kiss classic… but he keeps on playing 4 Robert Plant’s new band Saving Grace line up live shows 5 The Story Behind The Song: Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits Advertisement Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Goudy remembers what happened when the show started, and how quickly things went awry. “During the first set, Jimi did his thing,” Goudy recalled. “He did all this wild playing. And when they introduced the band members and the spotlight was on him he became even wilder.” Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Before the synagogue gig, Hendrix paced the hall of the building with his guitar strapped on, as if in his head he was already rehearsing what he planned to do. It would be a huge leap from jamming with neighbourhood boys to playing for an audience that didn’t know him – and one that needed to be entertained. For a kid who grew up in abject poverty, dreaming of music as a career, the idea of a paying gig was also a heady elixir. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman He had a reason to be anxious. Hendrix had only been playing the electric guitar for a bit over a year by then, and despite showing intuition for the instrument, according to his childhood friends, he still wasn’t particularly good. His playing was often untethered, as if he hadn’t come to terms with this unwieldy machine. His erratic playing was accentuated by the fact that bands only succeeded in that day by playing popular dance numbers, which weren’t Jimi’s forte. Dave Lewis, one of Seattle’s most accomplished bandleaders, once recalled a time when Jimi sat in with his band: “He would play this wild stuff, but the people couldn’t dance to it. They just stared at him.” Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Drain didn’t attend that first show, but Jimi’s girlfriend, Carmen Goudy, did. She remembers him being extremely nervous, with none of the confidence that later would mark his storming of London stages in 1966 when he became a star. “Do you really think I’ll have fans?” Jimi nervously asked her before the show. Goudy says he was so nervous she thought he might throw up. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Hendrix had only got his electric guitar the previous year, and at 16, he wasn’t even considered the best guitar player on his street. He’d jammed with the neighbourhood boys in garages and at community centres, but had never done an actual gig before a few older high-school boys asked him if he could play at a dance at Temple De Hirsch Sinai and Jimi had said yes. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman In that era, Jimi wasn’t even Jimi. Back then he was known as James to his high school teachers, Jimmy to his family, and Butch to many of his musician friends. “Butch was his nickname for a while,” recalled Sammy Drain, who grew up down the street from Jimi, “because he was so shy. But he wasn’t shy about learning licks from other guys.” Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman No one remembers the exact date of Jimi Hendrix’s first professional gig, because at the time no one, not even Hendrix himself, thought the event was significant enough to keep a record of it. We do know that it was in the autumn of 1959, and that the performance took place in the basement of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, one of Seattle’s biggest synagogues. Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman In 1959, the teenage Jimi Hendrix took to the stage of a Seattle synagogue to play his first ever live performance – only to be fired halfway through Jimi Hendrix at Seattle Wa Temple De Hirsch Sinai Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Denver Pop Festival 1969 Setlists JUN 27 1969 Date Friday, June 27, 1969 - Sunday, June 29, 1969 Venue Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO, USA So far there are setlists of 17 gigs. Friday, June 27, 1969 Big Mama Thornton Frank Zappa Iron Butterfly The Flock The Mothers of Invention Three Dog Night Tim Buckley Add Setlist Saturday, June 28, 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival Johnny Winter Poco Tim Buckley Zephyr Add Setlist Sunday, June 29, 1969 Joe Cocker Reverend Cleophus Robinson The Jimi Hendrix Experience Three Dog Night Zephyr Add Setlist Jimi Hendrix at Denver Colorado Mile High Stadium Denver Pop Fest 69 Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Band Of Gypsys Profile: After "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" split up, Hendrix formed the "Gypsy, Sun & Rainbows Band", this was the band who performed the amazing set at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. They disbanded in September of that year when Jimi realized the enlarged band couldn't provide him with the sound he wanted, and then reformed at the New Year with just Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Altogether, they performed just five times before Cox and Miles were fired by Michael Jeffery (Hendrix' manager at the time). The "Band Of Gypsys" album is the last release personally authorized by Jimi Hendrix before his death. More Members: Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Jimi Hendrix Variations: Viewing All | Band Of Gypsys Band Of Gypsies, Band Of Gypsy, Hendrix Band Of Gypsys, The Band Of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix at Denver Colorado Mile High Stadium Denver Pop Fest 69 Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Jimi Hendrix in England & Wales Deaths, GRO Indexes, 1969 - 2007 Jimi Hendrix was born on month day 1942. Jimi passed away in month 1970, at age 27 at death place. Jimi Hendrix in Biographical Summaries of Notable People Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27 1942, in Seattle, to James Allen Hendrix and Lucille Jeter. Jimi had 5 siblings: Joseph Hendrix, Leon Hendrix, Pamela Hendrix, Kathy Hendrix and Janie Hendrix. Jimi married Kathy Etchingham. They had 2 children: Tamika Hendrix and James Daniel Sundquist. Jimi married Lithofayne Pridgeon. Jimi married Eva Sundquist. Jimi married Monika Dannemann. Jimi married Kirsten Nefer. Jimi married Uschi Obermaier. Jimi lived in Seattle. He lived in Vancouver. He lived in Fort Campbell. He lived in Nashville. He lived in Clarksville. He lived After January 1964, in New York City. He lived Before September 18 1970, in London. Jimi passed away on September 18 1970, at age 27 in Notting Hill. James "Jimi" M. Hendrix in BillionGraves James "Jimi" M. Hendrix was born on November 27 1942. James passed away on September 18 1970, at age 27. He was buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton, Washington, United States. John W Hendrickson Jr in U.S. Public Records Index John W Hendrickson Jr was born on month day 1942. John lived at address. 4 of 6 documents View all Jimi Hendrix at Denver Colorado Mamouth Gardens Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Jimi Hendrix, 1942 - 1970 Jimi Hendrix was born in 1942, to James Hendrix. James was born in 1919. Jimi passed away in 1970, at age 28. Jimi Hendrix at Denver Colorado Mamouth Gardens Feb 13, 2019
 Dennis Zimbelman Jimi Hendrix Real Name: James Marshall Hendrix Profile: American modern electric blues guitar virtuoso. Born: 27 November 1942, Seattle, USA – Died: 18 September 1970, London, UK. A self-taught guitarist, Hendrix began his musical career backing such R&B greats as Ike and Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, The Isley Brothers, and B.B. King. Brought to London from New York by former Animals bassist Chas Chandler, Hendrix quickly established himself as the brightest new star on the burgeoning progressive rock scene of the early '60s. Along with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell he formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience. After a landmark appearance at the Monterey Pop festival, their debut album Are You Experienced was released in September 1967. The album, and its 1968 successors - Axis: Bold As Love and the seminal blues-oriented developments of Electric Ladyland - earned Hendrix international acclaim as a premier rock instrumentalist and innovator of his generation. A 'greatest hits' collection, "Smash Hits" (1969), and an in-concert memento of his historic Monterey appearance, "Otis Redding / Jimi Hendrix Experience at Monterey" (1970), followed before his untimely death. A posthumous studio album, "The Cry Of Love", was released in January of 1971, followed by the double album soundtrack to the documentary film "Jimi Hendrix" in June of 1973. More Sites: jimihendrix.com, Facebook, Twitter, instagram.com, MySpace, YouTube, Wikipedia, imdb.com, Last.fm, earlyhendrix.com, pagesperso-orange.fr, equipboard.com, Posterogs, Bookogs, Filmogs Aliases: Heaven Research In Groups: Band Of Gypsys, Curtis Knight & The Squires, Frank Howard & The Commanders, Gypsy Sun And Rainbows, Johnny Jones And The King Casuals, Lonnie Youngblood And The So-Called Jimi Hendrix Tapes, The Jimi Hendrix Experience Variations: Viewing All | Jimi Hendrix Hendix, Hendricks, Hendrikx, Hendrix, Hendrix, J., J H, J Hendrix, J. Hendrikx, J. Hendrix, J. Hendrix - Experience Hendrix, J. Hendrixx, J. M. Hendrix, J.H., J.Hendrix, James A. Hendrix, James Marshall, James Marshall Hendrix, Jim Hendrix, Jimi, Jimi H., Jimi Hedrix, Jimi Hendix, Jimi Hendric, Jimi Hendrick, Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendryx, Jimi Hexdrix, Jimi Marshall Hendrix, Jimmi Hendrix, Jimmie Hendrix, Jimmy Hendricks, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimy Hendrix, Johnny Allen Hendrix, Juni Mendrix, Kensrix, Original Jimi Hendrix, The So-colled Jimi Hendrix Tapes, Д. Хендрикс, Дж. Хендрикс, Джими Хендрикс, ジミ・ヘンドリックス More Jimi Hendrix at Denver Colorado Mamouth Gardens Feb 13, 2019