JOHNNY AND JIMI
Extracts from the book "Johnny: Le
(Altinea Collectionneur/Vade Retro
comments in italics):
"Between two recording sessions,
Johnny did the rounds of the night clubs with Lee Halliday, and was
knocked out by the stage presence of Jimi Hendrix, who wasn't under
contract with a record company, and was performing only in the
Impressed, Johnny brought him over for the Musicorama (Olympia)
in October 1966 and took him on tour in the Nord region where he plyed
in 5 or 6 cities (three in fact), where they sometimes they
would sing "Hey Joe" together, the song which was a hit on the West
coast of the States. (Jimi and Johnny on stage together ? Never
…Then, between November and December of the same year,
Johnny was again recording in London while Jimi had a hit with "Hey
Joe" (not exactly true, it came out in december but became a hit
early the next year).
While Johnny was recording his own version of "Hey Joe",
his mate Jimi came to the studio and spontaneously recorded the
acoustic guitar on the track which Johnny sang. This tape was put aside
and forgotten until today, whereas another take was remixed by Rod
Guest and released in early 1967 as a single. So, it's a fabulous
unreleased track that Johnny offers us, because the original unmixed
tape, recently rediscovered by Jean-Yves Billet is a document of unique
authenticity, and a witness to the complicity of the two artists."
piece of film exists of this scene of Jimi blowing smoke rings with
From left to right:
Johnny Halliday, Chas Chandler and some black geezer.
Check out this amazing
item. October 14, 1966, a young Johnny Halliday fan (Jocelyne) goes a
café on Place Stanislas, Nancy,
in the hope of getting Johnny to sign one of his E.P.s that she
Johnny was in town to play at the Rio cinema but she didn't find her
hero at the café. However she did meet Long Chris, Mickey Jones
(of Halliday's band) and
three unknown musicians who belonged to a group called The Jimi Hendrix
Experience! This was to be the bands second concert since their
creation only days earlier.
Jimi, Mitch and Noel autographed the back of her E.P.
Thanks to Yazid Manou for bringing this to