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"Hey Joe" is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard, and as such has been performed in a multitude of musical styles. Diverse credits and claims have led to confusion as to its authorship and genesis. It tells the story of a man on the run after shooting his wife. It is most widely known for the version recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The song title is sometimes given as "Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?" or similar variations. Popular music, sometimes abbreviated pop music, is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are broadly popular. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Authorship is the act of creating a work, idea or theory. ... The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a highly influential, though short-lived, English/American rock band famous for the guitar work of frontman Jimi Hendrix on songs such as Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Fire, Hey Joe, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along the Watchtower and Spanish Castle Magic. // Hendrix arrived in...

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Authorship

Often erroneously attributed to the pen of American musician Dino Valente (who also went by the names Chester Powers and Jesse Farrow), or as a "traditional" work, "Hey Joe" was registered for copyright in the USA in 1962 by Billy Roberts (William Moses Roberts Jr.). Roberts is the apparent author, and the song may have been written by him earlier. One source (singer Pat Craig), cited at heyjoe.org, claims that Roberts assigned the rights to the song to his friend Valente, while Valente was in jail, in order to give him some income upon release. “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Chester William Powers, Jr. ... Not to be confused with copywriting. ... William Moses Roberts Jr. ...


Apparently, tapes exist of Roberts performing "Hey Joe" (one as early as 1961), but these have never been released. Roberts was a relatively obscure California-based folksinger, guitarist and harmonica player who performed on the West Coast coffee-house circuit. He later recorded the country rock album Thoughts of California with the band Grits in San Francisco in 1975, produced by Hillel Resner. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... A Street Cafe, Jerusalem, Henry Fenn (1838- ): steel engraving in Picturesque Palestine, ca 1875 A coffeehouse, coffee shop, or café shares some of the characteristics of a bar, and some of the characteristics of a restaurant. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Roberts possibly drew inspiration for "Hey Joe" from three earlier works: his girlfriend Niela Miller’s 1955 song "Baby, Please Don’t Go To Town", which had a similar chord progression; Carl Smith’s 1953 US country hit "Hey Joe", which shared the title and the 'question and answer' format; and the early 20th century traditional ballad "Little Sadie", which tells of a man on the run after he has shot his wife. The lyrics to "Little Sadie" often locate the events in Thomasville, North Carolina, and Jericho, (near Hollywood, South Carolina). Roberts was himself born in South Carolina. A chord progression (also chord sequence and harmonic progression or sequence), as its name implies, is a series of chords played in order. ... Note: This article is about a musician. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Little Sadie is a 20th Century American folk ballad. ... Thomasville is a city in Davidson County, North Carolina, USA. The population was 19,788 at the 2000 census. ... Hollywood is a town located in Charleston County, South Carolina. ...


Note: under various titles (including "Bad Lee Brown", "Penitentiary Blues", "Cocaine Blues", "Whiskey Blues") variations of "Little Sadie" have been recorded by many artists, including Clarence Ashley (1930), Johnny Cash (1960 & 1968), Slim Dusty (1961), and Bob Dylan (1970). Cocaine Blues is a song written by TJ Arnall, though it is a rework of a traditional song title Little Sadie. Johnny Cash famously peformed the song at his Folsom Prison concert, an event portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in Walk The Line. ... Little Sadie is a 20th Century American folk ballad. ... Clarence Tom Ashley (September 29 1895 (or 1885?) - June 2 1967) was a 20th-century American clawhammer banjo player and singer. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the recording artist. ...


Claimants that "Hey Joe" is a wholly traditional work have yet to provide any documentary evidence of its existence prior to Roberts' 1962 copyright registration, despite extensive archives of US folk and blues music in the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and other bodies. In some forms of copyright laws, only a copyright registration makes a creative work eligible for protection. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ...


Rights to the song since 1966 have been administered by the music publisher Third Story Music, who list the author as Billy Roberts. A music publisher deals in the marketing and commercial exploitation of songs. ...


Cover versions

Roberts’ song gained many fans in the Los Angeles music scene, which led to fast-paced recordings in 1965 and 1966 by The Leaves, The Surfaris, Love and The Byrds, swiftly becoming a garage rock classic. Both Dino Valente and The Byrds' David Crosby have been reported as helping to popularise the song before it was recorded by The Leaves in December 1965. "Hey Joe" has been recorded by hundreds of artists since. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Leaves were an American garage band formed in California in 1963. ... The Surfaris were an American surf music band formed in Glendora, California in 1962. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States and Canada, from 1963 to 1967. ... Chet Powers, also known as Dino Valente, was an American singer / songwriter. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... The Leaves were an American garage band formed in California in 1963. ...

"Hey Joe"
Single by Jimi Hendrix
from the album Are You Experienced
B-side(s) "Stone Free" [UK]; "51st Anniversary" [US]
Released December 1966 [UK]; March 1967 [US]
Format 7"
Recorded 1966
Genre Rock
Length 4:02
Label MCA
Writer(s) Billy Roberts
Producer(s) Chas Chandler
Peak chart positions
Jimi Hendrix singles chronology
"Hey Joe"
(1966)
"Purple Haze"
(1967)

Folk rock singer Tim Rose’s slow version, (recorded in 1966 and erroneously claimed to be Rose's arrangement of a wholly traditional song) inspired the first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler had seen Rose performing at the Cafe Wha? in New York City (Hendrix himself had recently played the same venue). Hendrix' version was named by British magazine, Total Guitar as the 13th greatest cover version of all time.[1] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Are You Experienced? was the debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released in 1967 (see 1967 in music). ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... Stone Free is a song released by Jimi Hendrix while he was playing in the Jimi Hendrix Experience. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... William Moses Roberts Jr. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bryan James Chas Chandler (born 18 December 1938, died 17 July 1996) was an English musician, record producer and manager of several successful music acts. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... For other meanings of Purple Haze, see Purple Haze (disambiguation). ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Timothy Alan Patrick Rose (September 23, 1940 – September 24, 2002) was an American singer-songwriter. ... The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a highly influential, though short-lived, English/American rock band famous for the guitar work of frontman Jimi Hendrix on songs such as Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Fire, Hey Joe, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along the Watchtower and Spanish Castle Magic. // Hendrix arrived in... Bryan James Chas Chandler (born 18 December 1938, died 17 July 1996) was an English musician, record producer and manager of several successful music acts. ... Cafe Wha? at the corner of MacDougal and Minetta streets. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Total Guitar is a monthly magazine in the United Kingdom. ...


Some accounts credit the slower version of the song by the British band The Creation as being the inspiration for Hendrix's version; Chandler and Hendrix had both seen the Creation many times around London, although their version was not released until after Hendrix's. It is unclear if the members of the Creation had heard Rose's version. Released in December 1966, Hendrix's version became a worldwide hit in 1967 and remains the best known recording of the song. The Creation were an English psychedelic rock band formed in 1966 by Kenny Pickett (born Kenneth George Pickett September 3rd 1947 in Ware, Hertfordshire - died January 10th 1997) on vocals, Eddie Phillips (born Edwin Michael Phillips August 15th, 1941 in Leytonstone) on lead guitar, Mick Thompson on rhythm guitar, Jack... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Arthur Lee of Love claimed it was their version that turned Hendrix onto the song as well as most of the other Los Angeles acts (See Mojo Heroes - Arthur Lee biography). Arthur Lee has been the name of several notable men: Arthur Lee (1740-1792), U.S. envoy to France Arthur Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham (1868-1947), British soldier and diplomat Arthur Lee (born 1945), U.S. psychedelic rock musician Arthur Lee (born c. ...


Tim Rose re-recorded "Hey Joe" in the 1990s, re-titling it "Blue Steel .44" and again erroneously claiming it as his own work.


Selected list of recorded versions

A long list of versions of Hey Joe can be found at heyjoe.org)


The following versions of "Hey Joe" made the pop charts in the US or UK:

  • The Leaves as "Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go" (Mira 207, December 1965); re-recorded as "Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go" (Mira 222, 1966), and then again as "Hey Joe" (Mira 222, May 1966). This last version charted, peaking at #31 in the US.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967) Peaked at UK #6.
  • Cher (1967) Peaked at US #94.
  • Wilson Pickett (Atlantic 2648, July 1969) Peaked at #29 on the US R&B charts, #59 on the US pop charts, and #16 on the UK charts. Featured Duane Allman on guitar.

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First recordings

  • The Leaves recorded and released three versions of Hey Joe. The 1st version was released in November/December 1965. The 3rd version was their hit in May/June 1966 (Billboard #31).
  • The Surfaris version was released in June 1966, but some sources claim it was recorded in September 1965, before The Leaves first version.

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Trivia

  • "Hey Joe" was the last song Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, it was played after the crowd, comprising the 80000 who hadn't left, cheered for an encore. It was the last song of the festival.
  • Sonic Youth's song "Hey Joni" is titled in reference to this song and to Joni Mitchell, but it shares no lyrical themes from Hendrix's version.
  • Type O Negative re-titled it "Hey Pete" (in reference to frontman Peter Steele) and changed the song's protagonist to an axe-murderer. This fit the song into a story arc spanning several of the band's own compositions.
  • 1,572 guitarists played "Hey Joe" simultaneously in the town square of Wrocław, Poland on May 1, 2006, breaking a Guinness record. [1] [2] 1,881 guitarists played "Hey Joe" in Wrocław on May 1, 2007 to break the record again.
  • The professional wrestling stable, the nWo, used audio samples of "Hey Joe" in their entrance music.
  • The rock band The Who occasionally performed "Hey Joe" during their 1989 tour. Their version was influenced by Jimi Hendrix's arrangement and was dedicated to him.
  • The Famous air to the throne Joe Brann is named after Hey Joe.

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In the media

  • "Hey Joe" (the Hendrix version) featured in the film Forrest Gump.

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Samples and quotes

  • Old School Hip-Hop artist Schoolly D samples "Hey Joe" for his song "Pussy Ain't Nothin'" from the album Am I Black Enough for You?.
  • The T.I. song "What You Know" uses the same synthesizer line as "Hey Joe".

For other uses, see Hip hop (disambiguation). ... // Background Schoolly D is the moniker of Jesse B. Weaver, Jr. ... This article is about the musician. ...

References

  • http://www.heyjoe.org/
  • http://www.bmi.com
  1. ^ The Best Cover Versions Ever, Future Publishing, August 2000

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Hey Joe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (984 words)
"Hey Joe" is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard, and as such has been performed in a multitude of musical styles.
Claimants that "Hey Joe" is a wholly traditional work have yet to provide any documentary evidence of its existence prior to Roberts' 1962 copyright registration, despite extensive archives of US folk and blues music in the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute and other bodies.
"Hey Joe" was the last song Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, and was the last song on the bill.
Hey Joe Page (775 words)
Hey Joe was a staple of garage bands in the 60's and a song that was recorded by many established artists.
The Byrds played Hey Joe in some of their sets, and a short time later it was picked up by prominent Los Angeles area band Love and that group's leaders, Bryan MacLean and Arthur Lee.
Hey Joe was recorded in 1965 by the Surfaris, a surf band from Glendora, California that had a mega-hit two years earlier with Wipe Out, and by the Leaves, a very good Los Angeles-area garage band that was coming into some prominence in the mid-60's.
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