Hendrix: The Gigs That Changed History – #2 The Cheetah club
New York, 1966
On January 13, 1966 a disillusioned Jimi Hendrix sent an Empire State Building postcard to his dad at home in Seattle, reporting sadly that “every thing’s so-so in this big, raggedy city of New York. Everything’s happening bad here.” He was entering his fourth year as a permanently broke jobbing road musician on the gruelling 'chitlin circuit' of black juke joints and clubs. This was where he developed the vital crowd-pleasing antics that he’d copped from T-Bone Walker and Buddy Guy, such as playing guitar behind his head and with his teeth.