You know the Hendrix version…but did you know it was a cover tune?
California band The Leaves recorded “Hey Joe” in 1965, and re-released it the next year. It was that year, 1966, that Jimi Hendrix recorded his version with The Jimi Hendrix Experience…meaning that their first single as a band was a cover song.
The Leaves took a more upbeat approach; Hendrix made it soulful and eerie. You can hear both versions below: