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Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix!

Jimi Hendrix was born on Novemer 27th, 1942, which would make his 73nd birthday this month. One of the greatest guitarists in history, Hendrix's presence is still felt today, both in the music industry and in the neighborhood he called home for a time, Greenwich Village. In 1966, he moved to the Village and started playing regularly at Cafe Wha? and later at Cafe au Go Go.

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery purchased the just-defunct nightclub called The Generation at 52 W 8th Street, where Hendrix had played many impromptu shows. The space was converted into Electric Lady Studios, and became the only artist-owned recording studio in existence at that time. Over the years, music legends like Patti Smith, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie have all recorded in Electric Lady. Recently, the likes of Lana del Rey and U2 have recorded at the studios. It is currently the oldest operating recording studio in New York City.

Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix!


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