1. JIMI HENDRIX – HEY BABY (New Rising Sun)
Obviously any Jimi Hendrix party worth its salt will feature a lot of Jimi’s music. This is a great, lesser-known track that Jimi actually started writing while he was living where we’ll be partying, on 23 Brook Street in Mayfair.
2. HAVE YOU SEE YOUR MOTHER, BABY, STANDING IN THE SHADOW? – THE ROLLING STONES
On September 23rd, 1966, Jimi Hendrix borrowed $40 and boarded a plane to come to London for the first time. What were young Londoners listening to at the time? This banger from Mick and Keith, that’s what.
3. HEY JOE – CHER
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first single – and now all-time classic – Hey Joe was released in the UK in December 1966. Although it’s mainly associated with Hendrix now, the song wasn’t written by him. It’s actually a cover of an earlier folk song and a load of bands – The Byrds, Frank Zappa, Deep Purple – also recorded covers around this time. The best has got to be this from Cher of all people who got there at the same time as Hendrix with this version from 1967.
4. MUDDY WATERS – TOM CAT
Part of the exhibition here at the museum is focused on Jimi’s record collection. One of the LPs Hendrix owned was Muddy Waters’ album Electric Mud which includes this track Tom Cat. Apparently when he heard it in the café below his flat in Brook Street, Hendrix asked the waiter what it was. When told it was Muddy Waters’ latest, Hendrix at first refused to believe it, before smiling and saying “I used to follow him. Now he’s following me”.
4. CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC – JIMI HENDRIX
Just a classic Hendrix track that never fails to get us moving.