Blue Monday

Not many guitarists could say they schooled Jimi Hendrix — say it without being laughed out of the room, at any rate — but Johnny Jones was a member of that extremely small circle of musicians. Jones (who died last month at the age of 73) was a leading light of the Nashville blues scene, and he showed the young Hendrix a thing or two, as he recalls in the clip above. Jones’ first band, the Imperial Seven, had a bass player named Billy Cox, who had met Hendrix in the Army and invited his friend to sit in with the group. Cox later recorded with Hendrix on Band of Gypsys.    

Jones was far better known in Europe than in the U.S. Ironically, it was a soul-styled cover version of “Purple Haze”  that gave Jones his overseas calling card: 

Late in life, Jones played out a good deal with his friend Doc Blakey:

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4 thoughts on “Blue Monday

  1. Pretty Project says:

    Amazing. Simply amazing. To say you schooled Hendrix…you’ve done well, my friend. 🙂

  2. What a great way to start my day! Purple Haze! What year was that recorded? Thanks for sharing!

  3. pmdello says:

    Oh yeah…

    The real thing.


  4. jettroll says:

    there are a lot of good guitarists of course but we remember not all of them. it is great when there is someone who helps us to remember. thank you for this nice and informative post!
    all the best!

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