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    the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    please tell me jimi did'nt write this song 5 years before his death:This is a song dedicated to the memory of my best friend. His name was Jimi."
    Me and my best friend travelled down life's highway.
    We talked of how things should be,
    Of peace and love for you and me.
    Of a life without hate.
    Of a life filled with love.
    On that first day, he played my guitar.
    Somehow I knew, we travelled far,
    We travelled fine, his distant star.
    Many things he would try,
    For he knew soon he'd die.
    Oh, why did it happen?
    All the sadness, he is gone.
    But he left us something that time can't erase.
    Now he's loved by us all.
    Yes, he's loved by us all.
    That is my story. It has no end.
    Now Jimi's gone, he's not alone.
    His memory still lives on.
    Like the fox that he named,
    Though they still gained less pain.

    Five years, this he said.
    He's not gone, he's just dead.


    Read more at http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/vi...i0fl63DDLbT.99

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    That song was written by Curtis Knight after Jimi died.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    Quote Originally Posted by texquad View Post
    That song was written by Curtis Knight after Jimi died.
    I did some googling but I couldn't find any info on this song,one guy said he wrote this in1965,it's a nice tribute to the master.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    Quote Originally Posted by donniewn View Post
    I did some googling but I couldn't find any info on this song,one guy said he wrote this in1965,it's a nice tribute to the master.
    These post mortem lyrics are a cheap cash-in, not a nice tribute.
    Frank Zappa: "Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    Quote Originally Posted by stplsd View Post
    These post mortem lyrics are a cheap cash-in, not a nice tribute.
    Tell me what you really think? *Wink* Besides the traders who keep Jimi's memory alive through the free sharing of his musically legacy of live performances, has anyone really done a "non-cheap cash in" tribute? Not trying to make fun or make anyone upset, I am curious. By the way, I really enjoy your Zappa quote. My favorite is "Bend over and smell my anal vapors." The reason I enjoy this quote is the environment in which he said it and who he said it to that makes this one stand out.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    The basic track was recorded in 1966 (before Jimi found fame of course) and called "My Best Friend". When Jimi met up with Knight at Studio 76 in July 1967, they came back to the song, re-recording some of the parts. When Jimi passed away, Knight dug it out and rewrote the lyrics about Jimi's death.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    http://myarticle-article.blogspot.se...itar-gods.html
    Feel less able to develop his career, Hendrix moved again and this time to New York. In the city of Big Apple, he played along with the Isley Brothers, all in 1964, including for recording in the studio. He also collaborated with soul singer Curtis Knight. Knight later wrote the song "Ballad Of Jimi 'he wrote in 1965, after Jimi told him that he (Jimi) will be dead in five years. That year was also a member of the band Hendrix Little Richard and frequent companion on stage touring around New York, one of which is the Paramount Theater.


    http://thefreelancementalists.blogsp...they-make.html
    “Ballad of Jimi”. Chubby plays it pretty straight. You would think this song would provide some clues as to when the Chubby record was recorded as it’s an elegy to Hendrix except it was an elegy to Hendrix when
    Hendrix himself recorded it in 1967!

    anybody have any real facts about this?



    http://soundaboard.blogspot.se/2007/...-sessions.html

    Studio sessions from July-August 1967 in NYC, shortly after the Monterey Festival had shot Jimi to fame. Jimi plays his distinctive style with the new invention, the wah wah effect, and 8-string bass, together with his old mentor Curtis Knight.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU0hj4oGCAc

    Chubby Checker - Ballad Of Jimi


    is this jimi on guitar, editings sold by Ed Chalpin?

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    This is getting silly. That isn't Chubby Checker, it's Curtis Knight and yes, it is Jimi on wah-wah, which he added to the song "My best friend" in july-Aug 67 as stated earlier.
    Knight's comment that Jimi told him in 1965 that he would be dead in 5 years is not to be taken seriously as he invented the "Ballad Of Jimi" lyrics after Jimi had passed away.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/BT/Chubby_..._-_He_Died.mp3
    maybe this is the tribute song chubby wrote.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uESlX0xc6FQ


    The Summer of Love Sessions - The Ballad of Jimi
    Recorded on July 17th, 30th, 31st, & August 8th 1967 with Curtis Knight (~3 years before his death~) note the lyrics.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    Vocals/lyrics recorded after the death of Jimi! Knight invented the story in his early 70s book about Jimi in a futile attempt to glorify the Hendrix/Knight recordings.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    Quote Originally Posted by purple jim View Post
    Vocals/lyrics recorded after the death of Jimi! Knight invented the story in his early 70s book about Jimi in a futile attempt to glorify the Hendrix/Knight recordings.
    Futile is correct. Time has proven the Hendrix/Knight collaboration as a permanent chapter in the Hendrix legacy, and was never necessary.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    The original 1967 lyrics are about Jimi stealing Curtis' girlfriend (Carol Shiroky?) and dying in a car crash.
    The 1966 version is all acoustic, and it's doubtful Jimi is on it, but who knows.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    Quote Originally Posted by dino77 View Post
    The original 1967 lyrics are about Jimi stealing Curtis' girlfriend (Carol Shiroky?) and dying in a car crash.
    The 1966 version is all acoustic, and it's doubtful Jimi is on it, but who knows.

    Here is the original version from 66:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/fv20wwsow6...immy.flac?dl=0
    Last edited by purple jim; 03-23-20 at 07:18 AM.

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    Re: the ballad of jimi:seriously he wrote this?

    Quote Originally Posted by purple jim View Post
    Here is the original version from 66:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/fv20wwsow6...immy.flac?dl=0
    Wow, what a revelation. I don't think I ever heard this version before. Thanks a million, Jim!!!!!!

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