“Hey Joe”


“‘Hey Joe’ is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists. ‘Hey Joe’ tells the story of a man who is on the run and planning to head to Mexico after shooting his unfaithful wife. The song was registered for copyright in the United States in 1962 by Billy Roberts. However, diverse credits and claims have led to confusion about the song’s authorship. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit. The best-known version is the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s 1966 recording. The song title is sometimes given as ‘Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?’ or similar variations.  While claimed by singer Tim Rose to be a traditional song, or often erroneously attributed to the pen of American musician Dino Valenti (who also went by the names Chester or Chet Powers, and Jesse Farrow), ‘Hey Joe’ was registered for copyright in the U.S. in 1962 by Billy Roberts. Scottish folk singer Len Partridge has claimed that he helped write the song with Roberts when they both performed in clubs in Edinburgh in 1956. Other sources (including singer Pat Craig) claim that Roberts assigned the rights to the song to his friend Valenti while Valenti was in jail, in order to give him some income upon release. Roberts was a relatively obscure California-based folk singer, guitarist, and harmonica player who performed on the West Coast coffeehouse circuit. … Roberts’ song gained fans in the Los Angeles music scene of the mid-1960s, which led to fast-paced recordings in 1965 and 1966 by the Leaves, the Standells, the Surfaris, Love, the Music Machine, and the Byrds, swiftly making the song a garage rock classic. …”
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“Hey Joe” didn’t start or end with Jimi Hendrix (Video)

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One Response to “Hey Joe”

  1. Kenny Wilson says:

    Reblogged this on Kenny Wilson's Blog and commented:
    I never realised Hey Joe had such a chequered history but as they say, “Where there’s a hit there’s a writ”!

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