Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When the World's Greatest Guitarist Rocked the Toon; It Was This Week in 1966 That Animal Chas Chandler Discovered Jimi Hendrix in a Cafe in New York

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When the World's Greatest Guitarist Rocked the Toon; It Was This Week in 1966 That Animal Chas Chandler Discovered Jimi Hendrix in a Cafe in New York

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Byline: DAVE MORTON

FOR most rock fans he is the greatest and certainly the most influential rock guitarist of all time.

Hailed by fans and fellow players alike, Jimi Hendrix changed the face of pop music when he exploded on to the scene in 1966.

He burned brilliantly, but briefly - dying at the age of 27 in September, 1970 - but not before delivering some of the greatest rock singles, albums and concert performances of all time.

His high-volume, feedback-infused, blue-based playing style utterly revolutionised rock, as did his occasional on-stage guitar smashing and burning routines.

Albums like Are You Experienced and Electric Ladyland, and singles like Hey Joe and Voodoo Chile are still regarded as a high bench-mark in popular music.

Hendrix, born in Seattle, United States, in 1942, has strong links with the North East.

Indeed, it was this week in 1966 that a certain Newcastle lad, Chas Chandler, discovered Jimi Hendrix playing in a New York bar, called Cafe Wha on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village.

Bass player Chandler was on his final tour with The Animals in the States when he was told about the outrageously talented young guitarist.

One look and Chas knew the way forward for Jimi - and that meant coming to England.

Jimi took some persuading, but was impressed by the Geordie's straight-talking and there was, from the beginning, a bond of trust between the pair.

Hendrix was already working on his Hey Joe classic, and Chas wanted him to record it.

Once in London, Chas swiftly formed a band around Jimi - Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. They became the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Mike Jeffrey was brought in as manager. Jeffrey was the former boss of the Club Agogo, in Percy Street, Newcastle.

Hendrix's first visit to the region came in January 1967, but it was not for a performance.

It was for a late-night drinking session at Chas Chandler's house in Heaton. …

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