Hey Joe the debut single by Jimmy Hendrix released 50 years ago. I remember my mother, a singer and artist in her own right who started my musical education by sharing her love for Jazz, swing and Broadway show music, commenting at the time that she wondered if this rock music I was passionate about would have the staying power and last like the musicians from her era – Crosby, Sinatra etc. Well, Mom it certainly has lasted, like all great music lives forever.I am very impressed how many of the young SA guitarists I know, still revere and love this wild, talented and innovative virtuoso after all these years. They learn the tab of his solos, emulate his playing style and keep his rock legacy alive.
I wonder how many electric guitars were purchased by young players and later became rock stars because of this man and his music.