Today, 52 years ago, the first Jimi Hendrix Experience single, ‘Hey Joe’, was released. After being rejected by the Decca label, it was released in the UK on Polydor records and went on to reach a No. 6 position, although failing to chart in the US. This song is famous for kickstarting Hendrix’s career. After being discharged from the US Army in 1962, he took the role of a backing musician for The Isley Brothers and Little Richard. He then moved on performing under the name Jimmy James in the group Jimmy James and the Blue Flames in 1966 where he introduced ‘Hey Joe’ to their setlist. It was during a show at at the Greenwich Village club Cafe Wha? where a member of The Animals, Chas Chandler, heard the song and knew that Hendrix was the man to record the song. The single was written by Billy Roberts, a singer who was part of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early ‘60s.