Just a quick note today to say Happy Birthday to musical giant, James Marshall Hendrix, better known as ‘Jimi’, who would have turned 70 years old back on November 27th.
Jimi Hendrix was a big influence on Jeff, especially into his teens. Early Jeff Healey Band sets were riddled with Hendrix (and Hendrix related) numbers; Voodoo Chile, Foxy Lady, All Along The Watchtower, Fire, Purple Haze, Hey Joe and even the Hendrix interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner.
Thus it seemed more than appropriate in 1995, when the band was working on its fourth studio LP, an album made up entirely of cover tunes (appropriately titled ‘Cover To Cover’), that a couple of Jimi Hendrix tunes be included. The results were a great version of ‘Freedom’ and the beautiful, ‘Angel’, both songs originally released on Jimi’s posthumous album ‘Cry Of Love’.
Here’s Jeff’s version of ‘Angel’ for your listening pleasure. Enjoy…
As a bonus, here’s a killer (no pun intended) recording of Jeff Healey and music superstar, Lenny Kravitz performing ‘Hey Joe’ live…
…which leads us to tomorrow’s fantastic ‘Fan Scrapbook’ entry, this one courtesy of Richard Hwang. Look for it first thing Friday morning!
Here’s a brief excerpt to whet your appetite…
“… after we got warmed up a bit, Jeff took over on vocals and the audience ate it up. …We kept on going with Jeff on vocals/guitar for quite a while, and then decided we needed to take a break to figure out how Lenny Kravitz and his crew would sit in, since they had just walked in and sat down as if nobody would notice!”
See you all tomorrow!