Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jimi Hendrix SongsYour picks include "Red House," "Castles Made of Sand" and "Hey Joe"
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8. 'Hey Joe'
"Hey Joe" is Jimi Hendrix's first single, though he didn't actually write it. It's a garage rock standard popularized by the California band the Leaves in 1966, though most rock fans completely forget their rendition when they heard Hendrix's take on it. It's a pretty sordid tale of a man who caught his wife cheating, shot her to death and then headed down to Mexico. Former Animals bassist Chas Chandler caught a largely unknown Hendrix playing the song at New York's Cafe Wha? in 1966 and brought him over to England to cut his debut album. The next three years were a blur of recording sessions, concerts and debauchery.