In the first week of May 1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded Voodoo Chile.
The song was written by Jimi and featured on his third album Electric Ladyland. It was based on a Muddy Waters blues song, Rollin’ Stone, but with original lyrics and music. At 15 minutes, it is Hendrix’s longest studio recording and features additional musicians in what has been described as a studio jam.
Voodoo Chile was recorded at the Record Plant in New York City, after a late night jam session with Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, organist Steve Winwood and bassist Jack Casady. The song became the basis for Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), recorded by the Experience the next day. It went on to reach No. 1 on the UK No.1 charts on 21st November 1970 two months after Hendrix’s death.
Jimi’s solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos and you can hear Voodoo Chile and all of Hendrix’s amazing recordings on our dedicated radio station.
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