A post office in the Seattle area has been named in honor of Jimi Hendrix. Legislators signed a bill two weeks ago to rename the Renton Highland Post Office the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office. Hendrix grew up in Seattle and was a touring guitarist before he embarked on a tremendous four-year solo career in the ’60s. He managed to change the scope of possibilities with the guitar and made a big impact on popular culture before dying at age 27 in 1970. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue sponsored the bill and made a statement.
“I am honored to join in paying tribute to rock and roll icon and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix with the renaming of the Renton Highlands Post Office as the James Marshall ‘Jimi’ Hendrix Post Office Building. This designation will further celebrate Hendrix’s deep connection to the Puget Sound region and help ensure that his creative legacy will be remembered by our community and inspire future generations.”
The post office is not far from Hendrix’s memorial in the Greenwood Cemetary where he is buried. Last year, Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album was reissued as the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The estate and Legacy Recordings also released Both Sides Of The Sky in 2018.