Bob Dylan’s Wish About Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix gained recognition in the music scene primarily with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which was formed to highlight his musical aptitude. He initially succeeded with hit songs such as ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Purple Haze’ in the United Kingdom and took firm steps towards setting his name among the best guitarists in rock history.
The rocker’s popularity rose in the United States following his performance at Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the 1968 studio album ‘Electric Ladyland.’ The record came to the fore, becoming Jimi Hendrix Experience’s most commercially successful album. It also featured the best-selling cover single ‘All Along the Watchtower’ by Bob Dylan, whose songwriting had influenced Hendrix. This cover not only brought success to Hendrix but also held a special place for Dylan.
Bob Dylan Expressed His Gratefulness To Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix’s cover of ‘All Along the Watchtower’ acquired many praises and was considered worthy to receive a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001. During the Bob Dylan and the Band 1974 Tour, Dylan covered the song, and Hendrix was delighted about this.
Dylan was honored to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award in 2015, in which he gave a lengthy acceptance speech. As Rolling Stone reported, he thanked all his collaborators and interpreters, including Joan Baez and The Byrds. Then the singer began to talk about Jimi Hendrix, saying he could not forget to mention and thank him.
He recalled the time he first saw Jimi performing with Jimmy James and the Blue Flames band. Bob Dylan indicated that Hendrix was not singing but only playing guitar during those years. As he stated, the guitarist did a noteworthy thing for him by covering his songs, and especially those people had dismissed. Dylan had one ‘wish’ about Hendrix, which was for him to be at the ceremony that night.
Bob Dylan said the following about Jimi Hendrix during his acceptance speech:
“We can’t forget Jimi Hendrix. I actually saw Jimi perform when he was with a band called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. Something like that. And Jimi didn’t even sing. He was just the guitar player. He took some small songs of mine that nobody paid any attention to and brought them up into the outer limits of the stratosphere, turned them all into classics. I have to thank Jimi, too. I wish he was here.“
In the past, Jimi Hendrix praised Bob Dylan’s mastery in writing songs, giving an example from ‘All Along the Watchtower.’ According to him, Dylan was talented in managing the words and expressing his emotions while writing them. Dylan also noted that he performed his song as Hendrix’s cover version since then as a tribute to the late musician.