WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28: JIMI HENDRIX
Profile America for the 28th day of Black History Month. One of rock music's top guitarists, Jimi Hendrix, was born in 1942 in Seattle. The African-American started as a sideman for rhythm and blues artists such as Little Richard, then moved to London. There, he formed the "Jimi Hendrix Experience," which provided a platform for his innovation, his over-the-top style of guitar playing. His appearance at the Woodstock Festival, and songs such as "Purple Haze" established a lasting reputation before he died of a drug overdose in 1970. In the late 60s, Americans spent about $1 billion a year on recorded music — LPs, 45s and 8-track tapes. Now, we spend about $8.5 billion annually on recorded music in modern formats. You can find these and more facts about African-Americans on the web at www.census.gov.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1103
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). For further information, contact Rick Reed: 301-763-2812; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: rreed-at-census.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau