You Can Watch The 1965 Television Debut Of Jimi Hendrix

He played backup guitar for Buddy and Stacy, a famous duet at the time.

Jimi Hendrix is a well-known musician and, even though he died over 50 years ago, many people are still familiar with his music and it still plays on the radio regularly.

Although there is a lot that is known about this musician, there are also some things that many people don’t know.

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For example, he didn’t just pull his career out of thin air, he got his start in humbler beginnings, much in the same way as many other famous musicians got their start.

As far as his musical career is concerned, he toured with Little Richard and The Upsetters. That band, which played from 1953 until the early 1960s, was associated with a number of big names, including Otis Redding. James Brown even said that they were the group that put the “funk” into rock ‘n roll, according to Goldmine Magazine.

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It’s little wonder that Jimi Hendrix did so well after playing with that much talent. It wasn’t long after he toured with Little Richard, however, that he made his television debut. It wasn’t with a lot of fanfare but if you look in the background, you can see him playing the guitar.

The event took place in 1965 in a Nashville show known as “Night Train.” He was playing backup guitar for Buddy and Stacy, a famous duet at the time. As Hendrix played along in the background, they were singing the famous Motown song, “Shotgun.”

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This was really just a start for Jimi Hendrix, who went on to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. That 1967 performance launched his career in the United States. He then played at Woodstock and died not long after, in 1970.

You can watch Hendrix playing in the background during his television debut in the following video: