All you Americans know what day it is today, right? Of course
you do! It's Hendrix's birthday! Duh. And I'd like to suggest you celebrate by listening to this excellent compilation of various soul and R&B singles that featured Jimi's guitar artistry before
the man became the most celebrated guitarist in American music history. JIMI HENDRIX : THE SOUL SESSIONS
It's a damn tough song to sing, that one we often hear on July 4th, but that didn't stop 'em from designating Francis Scott Key's clunky and tortuous little tune
as the US national anthem. People have struggled with it ever since. There was one guy, though, who, back in 1969, performed a soaring, acid-drenched, whammy-barred and noise-punctuated version of it that still stands as one of the most daringly adventurous and poignant moments in American musical history: Mr Jimi Hendrix and his amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner
Jimi Hendrix and Dusty Springfield’s duet of “Mockingbird,” the soul/novelty number originally
made famous by by Inez and Charlie Foxx in 1963, hasn’t surfaced in decent quality yet, and maybe it never will, so savor this admittedly murky peek at it
, apparently taken from a super-8 camera pointed at a TV screen when it originally would have aired in 1968.
In 1965 guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was doing the chitlin circuit with R&B acts, where he honed some of the guitar artistry as well as the showman skills that would soon set the world on fire. Here's a taste of that pre-rock star Jimi, as a member of the Buddy and Stacy revue, doing the Junior Walker classic Shotgun
. If you want more pre-rock star Jimi, well, there's... [more inside]
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Jimi Hendrix: Little Drummer Boy / Silent Night / Auld Lang Syne
Written in 1967
by Bob Dylan, it was originally quiet, lowkey... and vaguely menacing
. But when Jimi Hendrix
redefined it the following year
, even Dylan knew
that the song had changed forever.
Since then, it's been covered
(over and over again
), praised almost as often
, and, of course, found to be encoded in the minds of Cylons.
Originally released 40 years ago, erm, yesterday: All Along the Watchtower.
Let me stand next to your fire.
Forty years ago today, Jimi Hendrix set fire
to his guitar
live on stage
for the first
he was appearing
at The Astoria London
. It was the first night of a 24-date tour
with The Walker Brothers
, Cat Stevens
and Engelbert Humperdinck
"Window in the Sky"
is a YouTube style video synch mash-up done on a professional budget with the magic of copyright clearances. "It's a triumph of postmodern reconstruction"
says the Washington Post.
A week before Jimi Hendrix died in London he (probably)
recorded the Welsh anthem "Land of our Fathers
" (embedded audio). The eight-track recording languished in a corner of a recording studio until recently.