An excellent way to reminisce about someone is to learn more about them — so, let's go over some fun facts about the rock god Lemmy.
Lemmy Roadied for Jimi Hendrix
Lemmy began his band career by playing the guitar in two R&B groups in 1964 — Rainmakers and the Motown Sect. Before joining his first heavy metal group, Lemmy was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix in 1967.
Lemmy became close friends with Hendrix's bassist Noel Redding, who brought Lemmy to an eight-month tour with the legendary rock guitarist. He worked as a roadie and received a piece of crucial advice from Hendrix —Jimi told him to quit playing the guitar and switch to bass instead.
In essence, Jimi Hendrix played a big part in making Lemmy Kilmister one of the best bass players in the world.
Beginnings at Hawkwind
Lemmy joined the heavy metal band Hawkwind in 1971, where he started playing the bass. His technique for playing the bass was influenced by the way he played rhythm guitar. His use of two- and three-tones on the bass was widely recognized in comparison to the single notes most bass players play.
He wrote Hawkwind's most successful song, which landed at number three on the UK's charts. Lemmy got kicked out of the band in 1975. The last song he wrote for the band was called 'Motörhead' — and the rest is history.
Lemmy's Love of Gambling
If you want to believe the stories, Lemmy got his nickname by constantly saying "lemme a fiver" so he could continue playing his favourite game — video slots.
Fans know that Lemmy was an avid table game and slots player, he even referenced his love of gambling in the hit song 'Ace of Spades'.
NetEnt even dedicated a video slot to Lemmy, naming it after the classic song. If you're interested in the video slot games, you should visit the NetEnt powered site to check out the best Comeon games as a shoutout to Lemmy.
Iconic SongwriterLemmy was the principal writer of Motörhead, but he did not want to take all the glory. Almost all Motörhead songs were the result of the collaboration of all band members.
Phil Campbell, Lemmy's bandmate and lead guitarist, remembers Lemmy as one of the best songwriters ever. Additionally, Lemmy is remembered as being humble about his music — making it more about getting his message across than bragging about his achievements.
Lemmy wrote numerous songs for Motörhead, including Ace of Spades, Born to Raise Hell, Metropolis, Killed by Death, R.A.M.O.N.E.S., and many more.
Lemmy didn't only write for himself and the band. He also wrote many songs for Ozzy Osbourne. When you hear the songs Hellraiser, See you on the Other Side, and Mama, I'm coming home on the radio — remember Lemmy.