27: All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1960s

Entered Charts: 13 November 1968
Entry Point: 39
Highest Chart: 30
Weeks In: 6

One the many Bob Dylan compositions that became a significant hit for another artist – this time Jimi Hendrix. The original version was, in fact, recorded by Dylan, but the Hendrix version brought the song to life. When this song roared into our lives in late 1968, little did we know that the song writer would one day win the Nobel Prize for literature and that the performer would be dead within two years.

Not only a great song but a wonderful stage on which Hendrix could display his sublime guitar skills. He was a left-handed guitarist but rather than playing a left-handed guitar, he played a right-handed guitar which was restrung and played upside down. It is said that this provided a slightly different tone to augment his amazing ability

We are left to wonder as we were with Lennon, Joplin, Holly, Presley and others – what would a 50 year old Hendrix have sounded like. What impact would he have had in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Sadly, as a member of the notorious 27 club, we’ll never know.