The Life of Keith Richards Keith Richards was born on the 18th of December 1943 and was the only child to Doris and Herbert Richards. He grew up in Dartford, Kent, England around relatives who had a profound influence over him. His grandfather, who was in a jazz band, is said to have given Richards his first guitar and encouraged him to practice ferociously, practicing along to jazz records. Richards has cited Scotty Moore (lead guitarist for Elvis Presley) as one of his first influences. Richards began to drift away from school, but rather playing guitar more frequently. He met Mick Jagger who shared an interest in the same music as Richards and they later joined to form the Rolling Stones in 1963.
Eric "Slowhand" Clapton
The Life of Eric Clapton Eric, circa 1969 as a member of Cream. Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945 and grew up in Ripley, Surrey, England. He is the son of Patricia Molly Clapton and Edward Walter (a Canadian), although he was raised by his grandparents. Clapton was raised in a musical household where his grandmother played piano and listened to the the big jazz bands of the era on the radio.
Jimi Hendrix: The God Himself
The Life of Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. Hendrix was born to parents, Lucille Jeter and Allen Hendrix, both of whom were of African American and Cherokee descent. During WWII, Allen was drafted to serve in the US Army but was forced to leave for basic training before Jimi was born. During the first three years of Jimi’s life, his father was not afforded the right to see his son, as a result, Lucille was forced to raise their son alone, with the help of friends and family. In his youth, Jimi Hendrix was a shy boy and was often left to care for his younger brother Leon while both were in and out of foster care. In 1958, Lucille died from liver disease and his father refused to take Jimi and Leon to the funeral, instead, Allen gave them shots of whiskey and told them that this is how men deal with their problems. This moment had a great impact on Hendrix, who carried these scars for the rest of his life.