"Hey Joe" is a Jimi Hendrix song first released in 1965 that has become a rock standard and as such has been performed in a multitude of musical styles by hundreds of different artists since it was first written."Hey Joe" tells the story of a man who is on the run and planning to head to Mexico after shooting his wife.
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix. Tim Rose’ version of Hey Joe inspired the first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The ex-bassist for The Animals, Chas Chandler, was looking for an artist to record a rock version of "Hey Joe". Chandler discovered Jimi Hendrix in 1966 and performing an arrangement of "Hey Joe" inspired by Rose's rendition. Chandler decided to take Hendrix with him to England in September 1966, where he would subsequently turn the guitarist into a star.