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Jimi Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) was born and raised in Seattle, Washington by his mother while his dad was in the U.S. Army. Before starting on his music career, he enlisted in the Army, and was later discharged. In Seattle, he was playing with Curtis Knight and the Squires as a guitarist, but was not the main attraction. When he moved back to Seattle, he became friends with Keith Richard's wife, Linda Keith. She was the first person to get involved in his business and to really believe in his sounds. She wanted to make him a famous musician, but didn't know where to start, so she called the Rolling Stones producer, whom she was very close friends with, but he was disappointed by the hype she gave him. Later, she introduced him to another producer who did not believe in his ability; he was very saddened by this. Fortunately, he was finally introduced to Chas Chandler, the drummer of The Animals. Chas was amazed by the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix and he always wanted to become a producer, so they teamed up. Chandler went with Hendrix to England where The Animals were immensely popular so he could open up and get recognized. In a matter of months, he recorded "Hey Joe.'' After he became well known by the European crowds, he recorded another single "The Wind Cries Mary" named after his girlfriend, Mary. It became a ht single reaching the top of the billboards of the UK and a spot in the US.