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Jimi Hendrix was given a major honor unrelated to music years after his death

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Jimi Hendrix has proven to be a phenomenal guitarist throughout his music career. As soon as he picked up his first guitar, he was practically inseparable from the instrument. He wrote some of the greatest classic rock songs, but years after his death, Hendrix was bestowed a major honor that had nothing to do with music.

A Washington state native, Jimi Hendrix began his music career backing artists such as Little Richard and The Isley Brothers. But fans in England were more receptive to his brand of rock ‘n’ roll and embraced him first.

But his undeniable talent soon won over American music lovers. Hendrix broke through in the United States with a memorable performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. That was the show where he lit his guitar and seemed to summon the flames with his wiggling fingers.

Hendrix’s first two solo albums were released in the second half of 1967. The second, Axis: Bold as lovehit shelves in December 1967. Hendrix laid out Electric Ladyland in October 1968, played one of the last sets at Woodstock in 1969 and had the biggest concert of his life in 1970 saved by a member of Pink Floyd.

The guitarist gave actor Leonard Nimoy a life-high with a 1968 rendezvous, but Hendrix was given a much greater honor decades after his death, and it had nothing to do with music.

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Hendrix and fellow Experience bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding unsurprisingly inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. (Interestingly, The Isley Brothers inducted into the Hall of Fame that same year).

But Hendrix received a major honor that had nothing to do with music when the United States Postal Service named a post office after him. The USPS renamed its Renton, Washington location the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office in 2018. A congressman sponsored a bill to rename the building, and both Washington U.S. senators backed it, the Seattle Times reported.

Renton is about 20 miles southeast of Hendrix’s hometown of Seattle, but the post office is less than a mile from the Jimi Hendrix Memorial in Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery, where the guitar hero is buried, according to the Times.

The Jimi Hendrix post office at 4301 NE 4th St. in Renton will remain open in 2022, according to the USPS website.

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Hendrix’s death at the age of 27 robbed the world of an incredible talent. His career as one of the most popular guitarists in the world didn’t last long, but his legacy is alive and well.

Hendrix was given a major honor years after his death by having a post office named after him, but this wasn’t the first time the USPS had celebrated the influential performer. The postal service issued a colorful postage stamp in his honor in 2014. Appropriately, the dedication and debut of the stamp took place this year at the SXSW Music and Arts Festival in Austin, Texas.

Interestingly, Hendrix’s grandmother, Zenora “Nora” Rose Moore Hendrix, appeared on a 2014 Canadian postage stamp. Hendrix’s Twitter account shared a picture of the stamp on her birthday in 2015.

Jimi Hendrix received several major honors after his death, but having a post office named after him had nothing to do with his music.

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