WASHINGTON - One of rock music's top guitarists, Jimi Hendrix, was born in 1942 inSeattle. The African-American started as a sideman for rhythm and blues artists such as Little Richard, then moved to London.
There, he formed the "Jimi Hendrix Experience," which provided a platform for his innovation, his over-the-top style of guitar playing.
His appearance at the Woodstock Festival, and songs such as "Purple Haze" established a lasting reputation before he died of a drug overdose in 1970.
In the late 60s, Americans spent about $1 billion a year on recorded music — LPs, 45s and 8-track tapes. Now, we spend about $8.5 billion annually on recorded music in modern formats.