Age 27 when he died, Jimi Hendrix learned guitar from blues greats. Both these singles were played at the Twisted Wheel. Jimmy heralded a change in the direction of music in the late sixties. It was not long after that many soul fans drifted away and became closet hippies, wearing flares and growing their hair – quite a change after the skinhead appearance that many mods had adopted at this time.
He acted as a bridge between blues and psychedelia which many began to cross (including us). Inevitably, Purple Haze became well known as one particularly potent brand of LSD. This gave rise to the ‘in’ saw of the time: If I can’t see you through the Haze, I’ll see you through the Window’ (yet another LSD trademark – there was a lot of it about!)
Stoned hippies digging Hendrix on acid almost became a cliche.
A sort of Soul version of Purple Haze got into the Northern Soul scene: by: Johnny Jones and the Casuals.