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Jimi Hendrix – “Only In Seattle”

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Hi, this is Sean Reynolds from Summit Properties NW and Reynolds and Kline Appraisal, and this is a new video series we’re going to be shooting that is called “Only in Seattle”. We’re going to be looking at some other things other than real estate that are interesting about Seattle and unique to this area.

Today, we’re going to be going to look at a handful of things that are in honor of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix is from Seattle, and he’s got a memorial down in Renton. We’re going to look at that. That’s pretty cool. I’ve been there before. And then he has a statue in Capitol Hill, and then he also has a park named after him in the central area of Seattle. We just left our office in Bellevue, and we are driving to those locations, where we’re going to do some filming.

So, fun facts about Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix is probably most famous for playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock. A little background on the Woodstock gig was that that was a festival. It was a three-and-a-half-day festival in summer of 1969. Jimi Hendrix was one of the headliners. He was at that point in time the world’s highest-paid musician, and so he was playing last. He was the headliner, and he was supposed to go on at about midnight on Sunday, but he didn’t want to play for a massive crowd. There was supposed to only be about 50,000 people show up at Woodstock. Instead, somewhere between 4 and 500,000 people came. It was just a massive crowd.

He didn’t want to play in front of all those people, so he said, “Let’s push it out till Monday morning.” So by the time Jimi Hendrix played, there was only between 30 and 40,000 people, and at that point in time, Jimi had been up for over three days straight. That’s a lot of coffee. So when he got up on stage, he played a couple of songs, and one of them was “The Star-Spangled Banner”. A lot of people at that time felt it was really disrespectful, because they hadn’t heard “The Star-Spangled Banner” played that way, but Jimi just thought it was cool and patriotic. Other people didn’t see it that way, combined with playing a song that you typically only hear not in the genre of a guitar with massive feedback. So Jimi was kind of a huge pioneer with the sound that he played, and he was just an incredible musician, and we were fortunate to have him here in Seattle.

Our first stop today is going to be the Jimi Hendrix Memorial Park, and that’s just south of the I-90 bridge in the central district of Seattle. We are now at the Jimi Hendrix Memorial Park, and it’s located at 2400 South Massachusetts Street. We’re a couple of blocks south from I-90 up there and a couple of miles south from downtown Seattle that direction. This park is about 2-1/2 acres, and it was dedicated in 2002 as the Jimi Hendrix Butterfly Park. We believe that is a butterfly. I originally thought it was a whale tail, but we’re not really sure.

Some of the cool features are, there’s a concrete bulkhead up here on the walkway up to here, and it has Jimi Hendrix’s signature in blue. It’s pretty cool. And then we’ve got this blue outline of concrete. Along the outside, we’ve got the lyrics written out to two pretty famous Jimi Hendrix songs. And then also in the concrete breaks, we’ve got little informational things, just talking about significant things that happened in rock history that Jimi Hendrix is involved in. So some pretty cool features, a great in-city park, and just a cool place to visit. This is something you would definitely only find in Seattle.

We are headed now to Capitol Hill to check out the Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady statue on Broadway Avenue. Pretty cool. We’re at the Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio guitar statue, and this is a statue created in 1997 by a local Seattle real estate developer. This is the actual guitar used in “Electric Lady” by Jimi Hendrix. We’re also standing on Broadway. It’s the same Broadway as “Posse on Broadway” from Sir Mix-a-Lot. So a lot of history here. We’ve got Jimi, we’ve got Broadway, just this is Seattle.

Our last stop today as we struggle through standard Friday afternoon traffic in Seattle is the Jimi Hendrix Memorial. It’s in kind of a cemetery-type area, and it’s in the City of Renton, Washington, so like eight miles to the southeast of downtown Seattle. So let’s head on in there and see what we see. We’re now at the Jimi Hendrix Memorial in Renton, and as you can see, this is kind of a massive granite-covered structure. We’ve got three sections to it, and each section has a image of him kind of playing his guitar, and some of the kind of standard features that you typically see on Jimi Hendrix imagery. And then at the bottom, there’s a song for each one.

Again, we’ve got “Little Wing”, we’ve got “Angel”, and then on each of the images of Jimi Hendrix, women from all over the world come and leave their lipstick images, their kisses to Jimi, on the images. It’s pretty cool. And then on the center, we’ve got a massive Jimi Hendrix guitar, and people leave guitar picks, and then they’ll also leave just kind of little gifts to Jimi, just in honor of his remembrance.

So that wraps up our first episode of “Only in Seattle”. Today we checked out three pretty cool things to celebrate the life of Jimi Hendrix. We’re going to continue doing a series like this, basically just looking at things that are unique to the Puget Sound area and specifically Seattle. So we’d love to have you submit your ideas for future videos, so like, subscribe to the channel. Put your comments down below, and love to hear from you on any topics kind of relating to things that we’d like to check out. Thanks again for watching the video, and we’ll catch you on the next one.


Sean Reynolds

Sean Reynolds

The Owner and Designated Managing Broker of Summit Properties NW and Reynolds & Kline Appraisal.



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