50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Signs His First Contract

50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Signs His First Contract

It was 50 years ago today that a young Jimi Hendrix signed his first ever recording contract that we turn out to be nothing but problems.

On October 15, 1965 Jimi Hendrix signed a contract with PPX Enterprises, Inc. With doing so Hendrix ultimately signed away most of the rights to his music. The terms of the contract would have lasted for a period of three years, obligating Hendrix to write, perform and record and in return he received $1 and one percent of the profits.

Within the following years Hendrix left for London with Chas Chandler where he signed a new contract with Reprise. In return, Ed Chalpin of PPX Enterprises sued Hendrix leading to a settlement in 1968.

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