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Hendrix's Dad Criticized His Son's Vocals

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix's sister Janie has shared some new stories about her late famous brother. She spoke candidly to Music Radar about how Jimi's father reacted to the news of his son taking up singing: “Jimi never thought he was much of a singer. My dad was a decent singer and he could be brutally honest. He would say, ‘You can’t sing, so it’s good you can play guitar.’ He was very supportive of him in the guitar arena, but he was just being honest.

“When Jimi was going to England he was all excited, telling my dad: ‘They’re putting a group behind me – I’m off to the big time. I’m going to change the spelling of my name, and guess what? They want me to sing!’

“My dad was like, ‘Oh, goodness!’ But Jimi said, ‘They’re all just hollering out there, so I’m gonna holler like the rest of them.’”

Well, it's a good thing Jimi defied his father and went out there hollering anyway; since it turned out he had quite a knack for it!

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10/09/2012 2:54PM
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