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New Bill Seeks To Name Post Office In Washington State After Jimi Hendrix
Legendary GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Jimi Hendrix's legacy lives on long after he's gone. Now, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) has introduced a bill that would bring his rock and roll spirit to a post office in his hometown of Renton, Wash.
If the bill passes, the post office located at 4301 Northeast 4th Street would be renamed to "James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix Post Office Building. Smith introduced Bill H.R.6628 in July, which has gained the support of all eight Washington representatives in Congress and has since moved on from its initial review by the House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, according to Consequence Of Sound. The street, as the music site notes, is the one Hendrix grew up on. It is also close to the cemetery where he is buried.
"The Puget Sound region is home to a museum that showcases Hendrix's life and work, a park dedicated to his memory, and several memorials visited by thousands every year, " Smith said. "This designation will further honor this iconic artist and his Seattle roots."
The iconic guitarist's legacy lives on outside of Seattle too. In 2015, his 1966 Fender Stratocaster was one of the instruments featured in the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Lives' Rare Guitar Exhibit. Hendrix's iconic interpretation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the 1969 Woodstock Festival earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance.