Re: Jimi on Rory ?
Brady: Iím sure youíve heard this question plenty, but Iím going to ask it anyway. What truth is there to the story that Jimi Hendrix asked Rory Gallagher how it felt to be the best guitar player in the world?
Originally Posted by billo528
Donal Gallagher: Thatís a difficult one because itís something thatís been circulating for a while, and it certainly has been used by the record companies. The source that it stems from is from a South African writer, I canít remember his name straight off, but he wrote it on his blog. From what we understand, it happened after the Isle of Wight Festival. Now, with these quotes, they get arms and legs onto them, and Iíve seen that it was at Woodstock, but thatís not the case.
I do know that Hendrix had been to see Rory. In fact, on one occasion, Rory had a guy on stage jamming with him, this guy called Tim Rose. Tim Rose had a hit with this song called ďMorning Dew,Ē and the other side of the record was ďHey Joe,Ē which was a traditional song he had contemporized. So he was on stage that night and spotted Hendrix at the back of the room and actually left the stage to go physically attack Hendrix because he felt Hendrix stole the song.
So Rory told me to keep an eye on him and make sure he doesnít do anything whatsoever to Jimi, so I followed him down to make sure that he didnít. So anyway, Hendrix and Tim got talking, and Hendrix bought Time a drink and told him how much he like his record. He told him that it inspired him to rerecord it.
Certainly, Jimi did see Rory on a few occasions at the clubs in London. I think that the phrase, to be honest, was at the Isle of Wight Festival. Now, Rory had opened on the Friday night, early at the festival. That caused quite a sensation; he actually got five encores. I still have all the press clippings. Here was this new guy who stole the festival. Hendrix didnít play until Sunday night and wasnít very well actually. He was quite ill at the time, and didnít do a particularly great set.
This interview with the South African guy was conducted afterwards, so he may have been asking, ďWith everyone excited about Rory GallagherÖĒ and then the question. So you can take it in two slightly different ways, but nonetheless itís an acknowledgement.
"Specially when your only friend talks, looks, sees and feels like you, and you do the same just like him." Jimi Hendrix - My Friend