One of the most covered songs in the history of Rock and Roll is “Hey Joe”. The …

Written by on December 17, 2017



One of the most covered songs in the history of Rock and Roll is “Hey Joe”. The song gained fans in the Los Angeles music scene of the mid-1960s, which led to fast-paced recordings in 1965 and 1966 by The Leaves, The Standells, The Surfaris, Love, The Music Machine, and The Byrds, swiftly making the song a garage rock classic. Both Dino Valenti and The Byrds’ David Crosby have been reported as helping to popularize the song before it was recorded by The Leaves in December 1965.

But, on Dec. 16, 1966, Jimi Hendrix released his version of it in the UK. It was Jimi’s first single release and he had a top 10 hit with it there. It was released in the US a couple of months later but failed to chart.

Here is Jimi playing it live in 1967.

Who does your favorite version / cover of the song?

Jimi’s first single, 51 years ago today…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3JsuWz4xWc

The Jimi Hendrix Experience playing Hey Joe in 1967 live. James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix and his band at Europe, considered one of the best guitar player ever…


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