Hey Joe (Love)

29 MARCH 1966

One more track from the self-titled album from the Los Angeles band Love, which was released during this month. This one is ‘Hey Joe’, which at the time was covered by just about every folk-rock band worth their salt and would be taken to greater heights later in the year when it became the breakthrough single for Jimi Hendrix.

The vocals here were handled by Bryan MacLean, former equipment manager for the Byrds, and the secondary singer/songwriter in Love (behind Arthur Lee).

Many garage or folk-rock bands of the time knocked out straightforward versions of this tune. This one holds up well among them, but at the end of 1966 Hendrix took 'Hey Joe' to a whole other level.

Hey Joe (Love)