Jimmy becomes Jimi – 9/24/66
On this day in 1966, Jimi Hendrix and Chas Chandler (the Animals’ former bassist) flew from New York to London. En route, they decided to change the Jimmy’s name to Jimi.
Chandler continued to be influential in Jimi’s career. While in London, Hendrix formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Chandler recruited other musicians to join the group, managed the group and produced their first two albums.