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Lot #4044
Jimi Hendrix Experience Rare Signed 45 RPM Single - 'Hey Joe'

Rare fully signed first pressing of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first single, "Hey Joe"

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Rare fully signed first pressing of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first single, "Hey Joe"

Rare Polydor Records 45 RPM single for the Jimi Hendrix Experience single 'Hey Joe / Stone Free,' signed on the center label in black ballpoint by Jimi Hendrix ("Jimi Hendrix"), Noel Redding ("Noel Redding - Bass"), and Mitch Mitchell ("Love, Mitch"). Moreover, the center has been decorated with an intricate wreath-style sketch, evidently done by Hendrix and initialed by him, "J. H." Featuring the Polydor logo in black, and credited only to "Jimi Hendrix," this the earliest pressing of the 'Hey Joe' single. In very good to fine condition, with wear and creasing to the sleeve, which has been decorated as a collage with clipped and affixed images of the band members; a small portrait of Hendrix has also been affixed to the signed label, slightly covering the first letters in the Hendrix and Redding signatures. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks, as well as an original program from the 1967 UK tour of the Jimi Hendrix Experience/The Pink Floyd/The Move/The Amen Corner, and an "I Am Experienced" promotional badge.

Recorded at London's De Lane Lea Studios on October 23, 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience's cover of 'Hey Joe' was released as a single on the Polydor label on December 16, 1966. It became a hit in the United Kingdom, entering the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart in January 1967 and peaking at No. 6. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as No. 201 on their list of 'The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.' Fully signed copies of the first pressing of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first single are extremely rare—this is the first example we have encountered.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #707 - Ended February 22, 2024

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