20 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix’s Father Wins Control of His Estate

Jimi Hendrix When Jimi Hendrix died on Sept. 18, 1970 , it brought one of rock’s most promising young careers to a premature end. But the Hendrix moneymaking machine — and the legal battles to control it — were just getting started. Hendrix’s estate reverted to his father, Al, after he died, but the senior Hendrix, a retired gardener, got off to something of a bumpy start managing his son’s assets, and by 1971, he’d hired civil rights attorney Leo Branton Jr. to help turn things around. By all accounts, that’s exactly what Branton did — but as Al […]

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