Today in 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded “Purple Haze” in London

Today in 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded “Purple Haze” in London. It was released in March in the U.K. as a follow-up to his first British single “Hey Joe” – but since “Hey Joe” was never released as a single in the U.S., “Purple Haze” was Hendrix’s radio debut to American audiences. The song has been described as one of the quintessential tunes of ’60s psychedelia (and drug counter-culture in particular), although Hendrix himself denied that the lyrics referred to drug use – instead insisting it was merely a love song.

and The Cure’s billiant cover: