500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Hey Joe'
Writer: William Roberts
Producer: Chas Chandler
Released: Dec. '66, Reprise
Did not chart
Thismurder ballad was the Experience's first single, recorded two weeks after their live debut. Hendrix was so shy about his voice that manager Chandler even hired a female vocal group, the Breakaways, for backup. The song had already been recorded by the Byrds, Love, the Standells and many other bands, but Hendrix learned it from folkie Tim Rose's version.
Appears on: Are You Experienced? (MCA)