Jimi Hendrix was a guitar god and one of the most iconic symbols of 1960's counterculture. In the decades since his untimely death in 1970, it would seem every scrap of Hendrix's musical output had been scoured, remixed, remastered, repackaged. But no. There's actually a new Jimi Hendrix song out. See if this lights your guitar on fire.
The groovy R&B track was written by Hendrix for a New York-based group called Curtis Knight & The Squires. Before he hit it big with The Experience, Hendrix was a journeyman guitar player, working for notorious record producer Ed Chaplin. His contract with Chaplin is the kind of record industry horror story we're glad we don't hear about anymore. Hendrix signed on for $1.00 and 1% of royalties.
Curtis Knight & The Squires never went far, but Hendrix eventually did. Chaplin claimed he still had a contract with Hendrix. He and Hendrix's estate went back and forth in a decades-long legal battle for control of Hendrix's output.
Finally, Experience Hendrix LLC, run by Jimi's sister Janie Hendrix, won. And now they're releasing an album of previously unheard Hendrix tracks. The album, You Can’t Use My Name: Curtis Knight & The Squires (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) The RSVP/PPX Sessions, is out March 24. We dig it.