The Web’s Been Buzzing Over This Rare Clip Of A Legend In Ascendency
We legitimately want to kiss on the mouth whoever had the idea to bring a camera and film this moment in rock and roll history.
Guy or girl; this is seriously that cool.
Here’s the setting:
It’s February 1967, and Jimi Hendrix and his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience are only one month removed from their first commercial success with the song “Hey Joe,” and 3 months before the release of their debut album Are You Experienced.
“Hey Joe” was released in the UK in December of 1966, and became a top 10 hit on the UK charts for the month of January 1967, peaking at #6. (The single was later released in the US in May of ’67 and failed to chart – go figure). People in the UK were buzzing over Hendrix after the songs success and his live shows quickly became one of the hottest tickets in the London area.
This was no exception on February 25h, 1967 at the Chelmsford Corn Exchange, affectionately called “the Corn’ole” by the locals of Chelmsford, England, which is just about 30 miles outside of London.
An ad for a show in the Essex Chronicle
A relatively small venue, the Cornhole’s history far outsizes its stature as its stage has also been graced by the likes of David Bowie and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Corn Exchanged was packed in anticipation of Hendrix.
He was so hot in the UK at the time that there was several famous faces in attendance, including Pete Townshend and John Entwistle of The Who, who can be seen on camera briefly to stage-right standing behind Jimi.
The reason a video even exists is because the Dutch radio station KRO from the Netherlands was there to film the performance for television, and for that we thank them.
In the video, Hendrix performs his version of Bob Dylan’s song “Like a Rolling Stone” and his own song “Stone Free,” which was the b-side to “Hey Joe.”
We’ve read from a few reliable sources that this is the earliest known live footage of Jimi Hendrix and his band, making it a piece of rock and roll history.
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