Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington and was given the name Johnny Allen Hendrix at birth. His parents - El Hendrix and Lucille Jeter (Indian of origin). Hendrix's father was born in Vancouver and moved to Seattle when he married Lucille, at that time she was 16 years old. Returning from the war, Al gave his son a new name - James Marshall. Hendrix was greatly influenced by the divorce of his parents in 1951, and then the death of his mother in 1958. Jimi had an affection for his grandmother Nora Rose Moore. Norah, whose father was half Irish and half Cherokee, and mother - mulatto, brought up in Jimi pride for his American origin. Grandfather and grandmother Jimi were actors in a variety show in Vancouver.