1966 – Jimi Hendrix arrives in London in the company of his new manager, Chas

Jimi Hendrix

1966 – Jimi Hendrix arrives in London in the company of his new manager, Chas Chandler. Chandler was a bassist with the original Animals and discovered Hendrix playing in a Greenwich Village go-go club. On the flight to England, Hendrix changes the spelling of his name from “Jimmy” to “Jimi.” Chandler immediately takes his new charge to visit a friend, the musician Zoot Money. The meeting soon becomes a jam session, witnessed by Andy Summers, a young guitarist who would later find fame with the Police. Chas isn’t done yet. He books Jimi Hendrix into the Hyde Park Towers Hotel, then takes him to meet Cathy Etchingham, who later becomes Hendrix’s girlfriend.

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