On May 31, 1961, Jimi Hendrix became Private James Hendrix. It all started whe…
Written by megarock on May 31, 2018
On May 31, 1961, Jimi Hendrix became Private James Hendrix.
It all started when Law enforcement authorities caught Hendrix riding in stolen cars twice and when given a choice between spending time in prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted.
After completing his basic training at Fort Ord, California, the Army assigned him to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed him at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In November 1961, fellow serviceman Billy Cox walked past the service club and heard Hendrix playing guitar inside. Cox, intrigued by the proficient playing, which he described as a combination of “John Lee Hooker and Beethoven”, immediately checked-out a bass guitar and the two began to jam. Soon after, they began performing at the base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band called the Casuals.
That’s Private Hendrix, 57 years ago today.