HEY JOE

Latest update on 21/02/2016

Artist: Billy Roberts
Author: William Roberts
Label: demo
Year: 1962

Demo circulating on blogs. Much longer version than all the others. There are more than 550 versions on heyjoe.org.

Covers:

1965:

Leaves [garageband from L.A.; first recording (for Mira), fully titled Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go, learned from Love guitarist John Echols; version without fuzz guitar; the one that charted followed Love's version]

1966:

Surfaris [recorded in September '65 but shelved until way after the Byrds' version]

1966:

Cryan' Shames

1966:

Byrds

1966:

Love [based upon the Byrds version and no wonder: Love member and Byrds manager Bryan MacLean learned the song from David Crosby; Love started playing it live in April '65]

1966:

Tim Rose [one month before the Leaves' hit version entered the charts; arrangement (he changed the key from A to E) inspiring Jimi Hendrix]

1966:

Rogues [answer song as Wanted Dead Or Alive]

1966:

Jimi Hendrix Experience [hit in Europe; was already familiar with the song through his friendship with Arthur Lee (Love)]

1966:

Standells

1966:

Shadows Of Knight

1966:

Warlocks [pre Grateful Dead]

1966:

Ennemys

1966:

Kenny Bernard [as Hey Woman]

1967:

Mothers Of Invention [as Flower Punk]

1967:

Cher

1967:

Johnny Hallyday [had Jimi as his guitar player for four dates earlier that year]

1967:

Creation

1968:

Deep Purple

1968:

Johnny Rivers

1968:

Mad Sound [Danish group; as To Masturbate]

1968:

King Curtis

1968:

Fever Tree

1968:

Marmalade

1969:

Wilson Pickett

1969:

Music Machine

1971:

Lee Moses

1973:

Roy Buchanan

1974:

Patti Smith

1978:

Santa Esmeralda

1986:

Nick Cave

1990:

Black Uhuru

1991:

Seal

1992:

Buckwheat Zydeco

1992:

Willy DeVille [goes latin version]

1992:

Jerry Douglas

1993:

Body Count

1993:

Eddie Murphy

1994:

Mathilde Santing [as Hey Joan]

1995:

Captain Sensible

1995:

Omar & The Howlers

1995:

Bassholes [as Hey O.J.; "Where you're going with that knife in your hand"]

1995:

Sunset Heights [in medley with Third Stone From The Sun]

2000:

Walter Trout

2001:

Popa Chubby

2002:

Robert Plant

2008:

Otis Taylor

2014:

Charlotte Gainsbourg [in film Nymphomaniac]

Unclear origin. Sometimes mentioned as an old Appalachian song. Hey Joe is mostly credited to Chester Powers (alias for Dino Valenti from Quicksilver Messenger Service), in one case to Jimi Hendrix sidekick Billy Cox. Hendrix and also The Leaves credit William (Billy) Roberts, obscure folkie who vanished in the purple haze. He secured the song in 1962, won his case when his authorship was questioned but badly invested his royalties. In '86, out of the blue, he showed up along with members of Quicksilver Messenger Service at a San Francisco club singing and playing his own song. Niela Halleck Miller, Billy Roberts' ex girlfriend, claims he stole the melody and the general idea from one of her own songs: Baby Don't Go To Town (1962). Check it out for yourself since Niela's got her own cd out: Songs Of Leaving (Variety Recording Service - '09).

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