In 1969 the US Army became indirectly responsible for the formation of the Jimi Hendrix Experience !! Before Hendrix was 19 , he was caught joyriding in a vehicle twice !! He was given a choice between prison or the army and Jimi chose the latter and enlisted on May 31st !! After completing eight weeks of basic training at Fort Ord, California, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky !! After enduring 2 weeks of physical training and harassment , Hendrix wrote home and asked his father to send him his guitar as soon as possible , saying " I really need it now" !! When Jimi got the guitar, he neglected his duties concentrating on his guitar playing . This led to verbal taunting and physical abuse from his peers, who at least once hid the guitar from him until he had begged for its return . It was while in the Army that he met Billy Cox who heard Jimi playing in an army club and said Jimi sounded like a cross between John lee Hooker and Beethoven !! Cox borrowed a bass guitar and the two jammed and within a few weeks, they began performing at base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band called the Casuals !! Cox is the only surviving member of Jimi Hendrix's three main bands, including the original Experience lineup (Cox was not in this); he was in the Band of Gypsys and afterwards the Cry Of Love (a.k.a Jim Hendrix New Experience) !! Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the army on the basis of unsuitability !!
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