Arriving from New York City, Hendrix had only the clothes he was wearing; he had sold all of his other belongings to pay for a hotel bill in New York.
Hendrix was struggling to make a living in New York. At one of his shows, Linda Keith, Keith Richards’ then-girlfriend, noticed Hendrix, saying that “[his] paling mesmerized me.” They became friends, and Linda introduced him to Chandler. Together, Hendrix and Chandler moved to London and began to assemble members for the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
One of the first things he did upon his arrival was officially change his name from James to Jimi.