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March 17, 1967

The Experience’s second single “Purple Haze” b/w “51st Anniversary” was released by Track Records in the United Kingdom.
Track List: Purple Haze // 51st Anniversary

1967 51st Anniversary 604 001 March March 17 Purple Haze Releases Single Release Track Records United Kingdom

January 15, 1968

The second Experience album, Axis: Bold As Love, (Reprise Records, RS 6281) is released in America.

Axis: Bold As Love Bold As Love Experience Releases Reprise Records

February 23, 1968

“Up From The Skies” b/w “One Rainy Wish” (Reprise 0665) is released. It is the Experience’s fourth U.S. single.

one rainy wish release Releases reprise reprise 0665 the experience single u.s. release u.s. single Up From The Skies

April 12, 1968

Smash Hits is released in the United Kingdom (Track, 613 400). The album includes: “Purple Haze,” “Fire,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Can You See Me,” “51st Anniversary,” “Hey Joe,” “Stone Free,” “The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice,” “Manic Depression,” “Highway Chile,” “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp,” and “Foxy Lady.”

51st Anniversary Can You See Me Fire hey joe Purple Haze Releases Smash Hits Stone Free The Wind Cries Mary United Kingdom

August 19, 1968

The new Jimi Hendrix film, “Experience” (aka “See My Music Talking”) by Peter Neal is shown at London’s National Film Theatre as part of a British festival of short films. The film includes a 12-string guitar solo of Hendrix performing “Hear My Train A Comin’.”

British festival Experience film Jimi Hendrix National Film Theater Peter Neal Releases

August 20, 1968

A second showing of “Experience” is made at 6:15 p.m. at London’s National Film Theatre. Supported by Soft Machine and Eire Apparent, the Experience perform two shows at the Mosque in Richmond, Virginia. Among the song performed were “I Don’t Live Today” and “Red House.” Jan Bridge interviews Jimi Hendrix for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Eire Apparent National Film Theatre Releases Soft Machine the experience

September 16, 1968

The highly anticipated third release by The Jimi Hendrix Experience titled, Electric Ladyland is released in the United States, (Reprise, 2RS 6307). Although Hendrix had originally submitted his own artwork for the cover, which featured a photograph by Linda McCartney with The Experience and some young kids sitting on the Alice In Wonderland statue in New York’s Central Park. In the end, only his designs of the inside of the cover were used. This landmark two-album collection featured: “…And The Gods Made Love,” “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland),” “Crosstown Traffic,” “Voodoo Chile,” “Little Miss Strange,” “Long Hot Summer Night,” “Come On (Part One),” “Gypsy Eyes,” “The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp,” “Rainy Day, Dream Away,” “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be),” “Moon, Turn The Tides…Gently, Gently Away,” ” Still Raining, Still Dreaming,” “House Burning Down,” ” All Along The Watchtower,” Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Hendrix rents a house at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, California where a birthday party for Eric Barrett is held.

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November 18, 1968

The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s sixth North American single, “Crosstown Traffic” b/w “Gypsy Eyes” (Reprise 0792) is released.

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March 21, 1969

Buddah Records in England release “Rock’n’Roll Band” backed with “Yes I Need Someone,” the debut single by Eire Apparent.

Buddah Records Releases Rock’n’Roll Band

May 12, 1969

Album Release Sunrise by Eire Apparent is released in England. The album was produced by Jimi and features the guitarist making guest appearances on several tracks including, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Band,” “Yes I Need Someone,” “The Clown,” “Captive In The Sun,” and “Mr. Guy Fawkes”.

Captive In The Sun Eire Apparent Releases Rock ‘N’ Roll Band Sunrise The Clown Yes I Need Someone

June 09, 1969

Album Release The new album The Street Giveth… And The Street Taketh Away by Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys is released in the United Kingdom. The album produced by Jimi Hendrix and spawns the hit US single “Good Old Rock n’ Roll”. Wally Heider Recording, Los Angeles, Ca. Studio 3, Mixing Eddie Kramer resumed mixing recent live recordings of the Experience for a possible live album.

All Night Newsboys Cat Mother Releases The Street Giveth The Street Taketh Away United Kingdom

July 30, 1969

Album Release Smash Hits Reprise Records, Jimi’s US distributor, issues the popular compilation Smash Hits. Jimi enjoys a vacation to Mogador, Morocco. His travel begins on July 30 and extends through August 6.

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November 01, 1969

The original motion picture soundtrack for Easy Rider hits the shelves in 8-Track format, featuring the classic Hendrix recording “If 6 Was 9.”

easy Rider If 6 Was 9 Releases soundtrack

November 14, 1969

Track Records in the United Kingdom release The Experience’s latest single, “Fire” b/w “The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp” (Track Records, 604 033). Although intended as a re-entry into the singles market by carrying the title along the coattails of success found in Are You Experienced, the latest offering sparked little public interest. In West Germany, Polydor releases an eastern counterpart of the same pairing (Polydor, 59375).

Fire Releases The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp the experience Track Records

February 16, 1970

Buddy Miles and Juma Sultan join Hendrix at the Record Plant where two recordings of “Blue Suede Shoes” were put to tape. Later, Hendrix sung live, giving a beautiful flamenco-styled flavor to “Hey Baby (Land Of The New Rising Sun).” Afterwards Hendrix breaks into a jam playing “Summertime Blues” which is then followed by “Day Tripper.”

1970 Blue Suede Shoes Buddy Miles Day Tripper February 16 Hey Baby Juma Sultan Land Of The New Rising Sun Releases Summertime Blues the Record Plant

February 25, 1970

Hendrix manager Michael Jeffery delivered the completed Band Of Gypsys release to Capitol Records.

Band of Gypsys Capitol Records complete Michael Jeffery Releases

March 04, 1970

On the heels of Hendrix delivering the completed Band Of Gypsys release to Capitol Records on February 25, 1970, the label quickly jumped into the mastering stage for the record, ensuring its speedy delivery to store shelves.

Band of Gypsys Capitol Records Releases

March 25, 1970

Capitol Records released the eagerly anticipated live album, Band Of Gypsys. The album featured six tracks from the two Fillmore East performances on January 1, 1970. “Who Knows” and “Machine Gun,” were recorded during the evening’s first while all of the album’s second side was drawn from the second show. Despite the dramatic shift in sound and style—especially when compared with Electric Ladyland–Band Of Gypsys nonetheless enjoyed wide commercial approval. The album debuted on Billboard’s US Top 200 chart at 18 and climbed to its peak at 5. The album remained on the chart for sixty-one weeks. At the time of Jimi’s death, Band Of Gypsys was Hendrix’s most commercially successful album since Are You Experienced, his 1967 debut.

Band of Gypsys Capitol Records Fillmore East Releases

April 08, 1970

With Band Of Gypsys riding high in the Billboard US album chart, Reprise Records issued the single “Stepping Stone” coupled with “Izabella”. Apart from “All Along The Watchtower”, Jimi had little success at US Top 40 radio. “Stepping Stone” and “Izabella” proved to be no exception. Moreover, Capitol Records complained that Reprise was trying to distract consumers from Band Of Gypsys. As the delivery of that album had resolved a bitter lawsuit between Hendrix, Capitol, and Reprise, the single quickly faded from view and has since become a prized collector’s item. For those unable to track down an original vinyl copy, both versions can now be heard as part of the Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection issued in May 2001.

Band of Gypsys Capitol Records Izabella Releases Reprise Records Stepping Stone

May 27, 1970

Partnering with the Memorial Day Long Weekend release of Woodstock – The Motion Picture, Cotillion Records released the triple-LP set Woodstock (SD350) that featured Hendrix’s live medley of “Star Spangled Banner / Purple Haze / Instrumental Solo.” The collection became an instant classic, entering the Billboard charts at #4 before peaking at the top of the charts, where it sat untouched for a four-week period.

Cotillion Records Releases Woodstock Woodstock – The Motion Picture

June 12, 1970

Track Records releases Band Of Gypsys (2406 002) in the UK. Just like its American predecessor, Band Of Gypsys features “Who Knows,” “Machine Gun,” “Changes,” “Power To Love,” “Message To Love,” and “We Gotta Live Together.”

Band of Gypsys Changes Machine Gun Power To Love Releases UK Who Knows

August 24, 1970

This Electric Lady Studios session was devoted entirely to enhancements on the “Dolly Dagger” master.

Dolly Dagger Electric Lady Studios Releases

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