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    1958-11-XX Seattle, various venues, WA

    [Days? about] November 1958
    Seattle, various venues, WA


    Friday 27 November 1958
    Seattle? Unknown location, Washington, USA
    Hendrix’ sixteenth birthday. He has been playing off and on in local bands.
    Someone in a well dodgy "bio" came up with some woman, [could be a man...or... for all we know, nothing is known about "her"; no one else has mentioned “her” and “she” has not spoken to anyone else afaik, there is no tape and there are no photos] who claims, so he says, to have been an early girlfriend of Jimmy’s (strongly hinting she was his first) and that his first gig with a group was in a Seattle synagogue, a gig never mentioned by any one else and no other ‘evidence’ proffered and that he was fired immediately for playing too wild (ie that’s obvious bullshit), He/she got the year wrong too – 1959 and not even a month offered.
    25 December 1958
    Folkstone, England. Noel’s 13th birthday
    Songs released in 1958, later covered/mentioned by Jimi that he quite probably heard around the 50’s/early 60’s:
    La Bamba by Ritchie Valens. A Latino hit. Remembered by band-mates as being a favourite. Al also remembered Jimmy playing this to him at home.
    Jimi: “...and then I started-uh listening to a lot of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James records, you know. Oh, but then I was listenin’ to the other records too, like Richie Valens-uh, uh, you know, Eddie Cochrane, mainly, you know, ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘Come On Everybody’ an’ so forth and so on.”
    Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran. Remembered by Jimi’s Seattle band mates as being part of their repertoire. JHE played this at their ‘farewell concert’ at The Saville Theatre before they left London for the Monterey Pop festival. Jimi: “[…] I was digging everything […] all the way round to [..] Eddie Cochran.” Notably a favourite of The Who’s stage show at that time.
    Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry. Remembered by Jimi’s Seattle band mates as being part of their repertoire. Jimi played this occasionally throughout his career. JHE [II] recorded his famous version of this during the 1st show at Berkeley May 1970
    Rockin Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu by Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & the Clowns. Another remembered by Terry Johnson, although he confuses the artist with the much later Johnny Rivers version, also a hit.
    Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy. Remembered by Hendrix’ friend James Williams as being one of the first songs that Hendrix learnt on his first electric guitar, also remembered by Pernell Alexander.
    The Twist by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. Remembered by band mates as being the version of this song that they featured.
    One Night by Elvis Presley. A hit for New Orleans artist ‘Smiley’ Lewis in 1956 and also later for Elvis. The Elvis version (with censored lyric, weak to the point of pathetic) was also (unfortunately) recorded by Curtis Knight (vocal) and “The Squires” (probably at Studio 76 in early 1966)
    Key To The Highway by Little Walter. Jimi plays some music from this much recorded song (original song by Charles Segar) during the infamously lack lustre Mike Ephron jams at the house in Boiceville, August 1969. Jimi appears to have been quite enthusiastic about this dirge, playing it to several journalists with enthusiastic remarks (hopefully he was taking the piss)
    The Rumble by Link Wray & The Ray Men. Jimi recorded a brief touch of this at the house in Boiceville, August 1969
    Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day. Remembered by band mates as being a song they featured.
    The Stroll by The Diamonds. Remembered by band mates as being a song they featured.
    Willie And the Hand Jive by Johnny Otis Show. Remembered by band mates as being a song they featured.
    Yakety Yak by Coasters. In his 1969 interview for Canadian television he mentions that he “used to play songs by the Coasters and groups like that” This is a Coasters song that former bandmate Fred Rollins and others remember as being part of their repertoire.
    Do You Wanna Dance by Bobby Freeman. Remembered by band mates as being a song they featured.
    Ramrod by Duane Eddy. Remembered by band mates as being a favourite of Jimmy’s
    Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard. Remembered by band mates as being a song they featured.
    Little Queenie by Chuck Berry. Remembered by band mates as being a song they featured.
    C'mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran. JH:. . .and then I started-uh listening to a lot of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James records, you know. Oh, but then I was listenin’ to the other records too, like Richie Valens-uh, uh, you know, Eddie Cochrane, mainly, you know, ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘Come On Everybody’ an’ so forth and so on.
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