Thurrock musical history

Jimi Hendrix visits Thurrock

Jimi Hendrix, the innovative and influential rock guitarist, was born on November 27th 1942 in Seattle, Washington, USA, and died on September 18th 1970 in London.

An English Heritage Blue Plaque was recently unveiled at his London residence in Brook Street. Incidentally, this is next door to a house once lived in by the composer George Frederick Handel over 200 years earlier.

After many years of mixed reviews in the US, Jimi Hendrix was encouraged to seek a more receptive audience in London, where he arrived in September 1966. Here he formed a trio with two English musicians, dubbed the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and played a series of small club engagements in the UK, promoting the group's first two singles 'Hey Joe' and 'Purple Haze'.

On February 14th 1967 the trio performed at the Civic Hall, Blackshots. The event was advertised as The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the two preceding editions of the Thurrock Gazette; February 3rd and 10th. Around two weeks later on February 26th, Hendrix appeared at the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff in a 'Pop Festival', alongside popular acts such as Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch. The Blackshots Complex, including the Civic Hall, was designed by the Council's architect and opened in 1964.