How tall is Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix's Height

5ft 10in (177.8 cm)

American Singer/Guitarist. In the biography, 'Room full of Mirrors', the author mentions Jimi "entered the service he weighed 155lbs and was five feet ten tall." and how people mistook him for being taller due to his afro.

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Average Guess (13 Votes)
5ft 10.42in (178.9cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 2/Oct/17
@ Steven Schroeder:

Hello Steven! Did your Dad actually meet Jimi then? 🎸

Last time I put 5ft10 for this amazing guitarist and singer, but having just read Steven's comment, I will up Jimi to 5ft10.5!
Steven Schroeder said on 29/Sep/17
My father 6 foot 1 and jimi,was shorter next to him,by 1 or 2 inches 5 foot 11
ok said on 25/Jun/17
Spencer said on 20/Jun/17
180 cm
Christian-196.2cm (6ft5.25) said on 29/Apr/17
Rob, would people with big afros measure a bit taller on a stadiometer than if they had less hair/bald? I believe that having huge volume of hair prevents the headpiece from compressing the hair all the way to the tip of your skull.
Editor Rob: some dense hairstyles might add a mm or 2, but you really need something like braids on top of your head to make any difference.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Dec/16
I would have believed Jimi to be 6ft, but I do realise that his shock of Afro hair gave him a taller appearance!
I got into his music about 10 years after he died. I was given some albums from the 50's which Hendrix recorded with other artists and I didn't appreciate them as they weren't exactly what I was used to from him and I gave them away! They'd be worth a tidy sum now!
Manoverthere said on 13/Oct/16
Definitely 5'10"
dufusrufus said on 14/May/16
Hendrix is just an idea now....but he's listed at 5'11" almost 6 foot officially... makes sense he looks long and has a huge wingspan in many photos....he was also a late bloomer...
Greg said on 30/Apr/16
Photos showing Hendrix next to Chas Chandler (6'4'' or 193cm);

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White Strat said on 4/Aug/15
5ft10 is close. Jimi's army medical reports reported him as both 70 inches and 69.5 inches tall. Therefore anywhere between 176cm to 178cm. Jimi was slightly over today's average height. Back in the 1960s this may (or may not?) have been considered tall, or at least tall-ish.
Calis said on 17/Jul/15
No way Jimi was 5'11" or even 5'10". I remember seeing some of his jackets at the museum in Seattle. I was shocked when I saw how small they were. I always had the impression that he was tall, but when I saw the clothes and how short the arm lengths were I thought for a second I was looking at Prince's clothes. There's no way the arms of a guy 5'11" got this jacket on.
After seeing this I began looking at a lot of photos. I noticed that the size of a Fender Stratocaster against his body was larger than it should have been if he were so tall. Photos can be deceiving because his hands were so large.
B-ran said on 8/May/15
A solid 5'10 looks about right. A passport is worth little as evidence. I'm sure he penned in his own height.
Sam said on 2/Apr/15
Probably been linked before but here's his passport which claims 5'11".
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jtm said on 7/Dec/14
5'10 is accurate
Brad said on 6/Dec/14
5' 10". In his funky hats and fro he went to 6 bro.
Danimal said on 3/Dec/14
Between 5'10" and 5'11".
Arch Stanton said on 3/Dec/14
I think 5 ft 11 too Sam but I might be fooled.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Dec/14
No way Jim was he "pretty small". The worst you could call him is average. Always gave a tallish impression to me.
Sam said on 2/Dec/14
Hmm, at times I thought he could look more 5'10" but I'm not quite buying as low as 5'7". He looked pretty solid near the 5'11" mark in that photo with the Who.
Jim said on 2/Dec/14
You guys are overestimating his height. Jimi was no taller than 5'8", and might have even been 5'7". He was a small guy, but he was so skinny that it made him appear closer to 5'10 or 5'11.

I'll never forget being at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando and seeing an outfit that he had worn in concert that they had framed there at the hotel, and I couldn't believe how tiny it was. I thought. "No way Jimi was this small." Then I did some research and started to really look at pictures, especially with him standing next to girls, and you can see he was a pretty small guy.

But, as a musician, he was a Giant and a legend. Long live Jimi!
lazur said on 26/Jun/14
Watch Jimi's entrance on the Dick Cavette show. Cavette's 5' 6 1/2", and Jimi isn't all that much taller.
Jim D. said on 14/Dec/13
I'm gonna say 5'11, he was also rather thin thus making him look much taller.
Sam said on 11/Dec/13
He can look around 5'11" at times...the other guys in The Experience were for sure under average. Here with the Who, he looks close to the 5'11" range:
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However, some shots I can't find on the net show that Hendrix wasn't taller than Clapton, who Rob lists at 5'9.5".
Christian said on 9/Dec/13
Hey Rob, Don´t know if you´ve seen this but here is a pic of Jimis passport from 1966. It says 5'11''. Click Here
Alex said on 23/Nov/13
Id say he was quite tall, near 5'11-6'0
allen said on 15/Sep/13
I saw him in 69 in Baltimore...he said he hated that town...after 3 songs and the crowd shouting requests he threw down his guitar and walked out...and he seemed rather small...nowhere near 6'...maybe 5'7"
60's guy said on 15/Sep/13
I saw him in 69 in Baltimore...he said he hated that town...after 3 songs and the crowd shouting requests he threw down his guitar and walked out...and he seemed rather small...nowhere near 6'...maybe 5'7"
60's guy said on 15/Sep/13
I saw him in 69 in Baltimore...he said he hated that town...after 3 songs and the crowd shouting requests he threw down his guitar and walked out...and he seemed rather small...nowhere near 6'...maybe 5'7"
Mike said on 30/Aug/13
I would guess 6'0
Anglofred said on 21/Jun/13
Hendrix wasn't a giant, except musically.
I've used a pair of dividers to scale a flat-on photo of Hendrix against the total length of a cheap copy of a Fender Stratocaster that I own. I make him just under 5 feet 11 inches. It's a little tricky because of the stack heels and the afro, but if I use the chin-to-eyes distance and use that as the 'eye to crown' distance he comes in at just under 5 ft 11 in physically, and a million miles musically. Especially in 67-68 when he was in his pomp.
Mammal X said on 2/Feb/13
Never saw Hendrix in person (damn, that would have been sweet!), but I saw many of his stage outfits on display in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Two thoughts:
1. The dude was SKINNY!
2. Based on his pants, I would put the man's heights between 5'9" and 6' (but no taller)
Musically? He was tall as the mountains.
Shaun said on 3/Oct/12
5 ft 10 barefoot add the heeled boots he often wore, long shawl/coats and the afro he could give the impression of being near 6 ft 2, certainly gave a tall impression. Probably was nearer 6 ft 1 with boots and afro if not flattened down anyway!
Shaun said on 3/Oct/12
He looked a skinny 5 ft 11 to me. I thought he was 6'2-6'3" when I saw him in flares on a Wood stock video. And his hands were huge so gave the impression of a bigger guy.
Tony said on 7/Aug/12
To melpa: No in the biography room full of mirrors they said 5'10'' but he could look 6'0'' due to his afro, read the description. I also believe that he wore high heels on his boots, like any other rockstar in the sixties or seventies, that could add almost 2,5'' to his height.
Shaun said on 23/Aug/11
Looked 5'11" range to me.
Jneva Andrews nakama said on 5/Jul/11
In 1969 when I laid on his while he signed an autograph for me....he seemed shorter than 5'11 . I also stood next to him and his entourage but the histeria could have played a part in my miscalculation of his height. I treasure his personal autograph and the memory of the moment til this day !!!
melpa said on 26/Mar/11
believe it or not his dad was 5'2 and mum 5'1, i read his biography and it says in there that he was 5'11.

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