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Rock Legend Had Ties To Nashville

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Hendrix, far left, performing with the Clarksville based band, The King Kasuals, in the early 1960s. Hendrix, far left, performing with the Clarksville based band, The King Kasuals, in the early 1960s.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It has been 43 years since the death of Rock and Roll Music legend, Jimi Hendrix. Even though Hendrix was known world-wide as one of Rock's greatest guitarists, he had early ties to Nashville.

Hendrix moved to Tennessee in the early 1960s after serving in the armed forces. He started a band in Clarksville known as the King Kasuals. It has been said Hendrix developed many of his signature playing styles while living in Tennessee, including his notorious trademark of playing guitar with his teeth.

Hendrix eventually moved to Nashville for a short time period where he played in local clubs on Jefferson Street.

During this time, he also played back up for the Rhythm and Blues duo, Buddy and Stacy. He performed with the duo on an episode of Night Train, which was an all-black, rhythm and blues TV show produced on WLAC. WLAC would eventually become WTVF, NewsChannel 5.

Hendrix would eventually skyrocket to international fame and become one of the forerunners of the Counterculter Movement. His hits included "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," and an iconic rendition of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower."

Hendrix died on September 18, 1970. He was 27.

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