I can’t recall exactly how old I was but all I do remember is the method of Jimi Hendrix’s demise stuck in my mind.
Young enough to be impressionable, I pondered how you choked to death on your own vomit. A very rock’n’roll death if truth be told but a particularly unpleasant one.
Steve Peregrin Took, I later learned, died under similar circumstances albeit with a cocktail cherry the offending item rather than his own vomit. Drugs were involved as well in that instance.
I did peek into the murky waters of bizarre rock ‘n’ roll deaths but stopped when I read about the late and hugely unfortunate Mike Edwards, a founder member of ELO, and killed by a hay bale which rolled onto his van from adjacent farmland. As bizarre causes of death go, that’s pretty much taken the biscuit.
As Albert King sang, If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.
Hendrix’s music was rarely heard in our house growing up. Pops to this day, I don’t think has one of his lps; it wasn’t his scene. Personally, I like Axis: Bold As Love but his influences are worn firmly on his sleeve.
And this is a belting list of songs he’s covered, probably nowhere near complete as there are hundreds of bootlegs out there and some crushing limitations on the licencing granted to Spotify.
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|The Star Spangled Banner||The United States Air Force Band|
|Peter Gunn||Henry Mancini|
|Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?||Bob Dylan|
|Day Tripper||The Beatles|
|I Was Made To Love Her||Stevie Wonder|
|Key To The Highway||Big Bill Broonzy|
|Catfish Blues||Robert Petway|
|I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man||Muddy Waters|
|(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction||The Rolling Stones|
|Get out of My Life Woman||Lee Dorsey|
|The Things That I Used To Do||Guitar Slim|
|All Along the Watchtower||Bob Dylan|
|Gloria – Stereo Version||Them|
|Sunshine Of Your Love||Cream|
|We Got To Live Together||Buddy Miles|
|The Train Kept A-Rollin’||Tiny Bradshaw|
|Rock Me Baby||B.B. King|
|Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)||T-Bone Walker|
|Everything’s Gonna Be Alright||Little Walter|
|My Bleeding Heart||Elmore James|
|Outside Woman Blues||Blind Joe (Willie) Reynolds|
|Lament||Jim Morrison, The Doors|
|Bright Lights, Big City||Jimmy Reed|
|Killing Floor||Howlin’ Wolf|
|Hound Dog||Big Mama Thornton|
|Come On||Earl King|
|Tomorrow Never Knows||The Beatles|
|Gypsy Woman||The Impressions|
|Blue Suede Shoes||Carl Perkins|
|Born Under A Bad Sign||Albert King|
|Drifter’s Escape||Bob Dylan|
|Johnny B. Goode||Chuck Berry|
|What’d I Say, Pt. I & II – Parts I & II||Ray Charles|
|Mannish Boy||Muddy Waters|
|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band||The Beatles|
|Wild Thing||The Troggs|
|Like a Rolling Stone||Bob Dylan|
|Aware Of Love||The Impressions|
|It’s My Own Fault||John Lee Hooker|
|God Save the Queen||United Kingdom|