Hendrix began playing guitar when he was 15 years old. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1961, but was discharged the following year. Soon after, he relocated to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began working on the chitlin' circuit, earning a spot in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he worked until mid-1965. He then worked with Curtis Knight and the Squires before relocating to England in late 1966, after Animals bassist Chas Chandler became his manager. Within months, Hendrix and the Jimi Hendrix Experience had three UK top ten hits: "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze," and "The Wind Cries Mary." shattered our perceptions of what rock music could be: He messed around with the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio, and the stage. His instrument is like a divining rod of the turbulent Sixties on songs like "Machine Gun" or "Voodoo Chile" – you can hear riots in the streets and napalm bombs dropping in his "Star-Spangled Banner." His playing appeared to be effortless. There isn't a single minute of his recorded career that feels like he's working hard at it – it all seems to be flowing through him. "Little Wing" is the most beautiful song in the Jimi Hendrix canon. It's just this gorgeous song that, as a guitarist, you could study your entire life and never get down, never get inside it like he does. He seamlessly blends chords and single-note runs and employs chord voicings not found in any music book. His riffs were like a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were like an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimped-slapped the devil.