Is Jimi Hendrix a BBC Banned Artist? It’s Not as Easy as the Hackers Make It Look
Jimi Hendrix gave some of the most famous concerts in rock history during his brief tenure. If his performance at Monterey Pop (1967) wasn’t enough, his closing act at Woodstock (1969) was. Hendrix, on the other hand, had plenty more to offer, including an appearance on Happening For Lulu that allegedly got him kicked off the BBC.
Aside from the fact that Hendrix would have been unconcerned with such a prohibition, there is scant proof that one ever existed. Hendrix’s performance on pop diva Lulu’s programme was certainly cut short by BBC producers. And they were enraged by Hendrix’s antics on live television that day.
Apart from one threat from a producer, Hendrix’s bandmates and acquaintances generally remembered turmoil on that January day in 1969. And hacks cite an unsourced assertion that the ban occurred in every internet story about it. Finally, all that remains of Hendrix’s “ban” is the hollow repetition/fudging so beloved among the world’s Far Outs.
At a 1969 BBC engagement, Jimi Hendrix threw away the script.
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When Hendrix performed Happening For Lulu, his band was given a script that required them to perform two fast songs. Following that, Hendrix was expected to join Lulu as she finished the event with her signature song, “To Sir With Love.” (According to Kathy Etchingham, Hendrix never planned to perform with Lulu.)
At least, that’s how it started. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” was ripped up by Hendrix and his band. Then Lulu performed their second song, “Hey Joe,” which was Hendrix’s breakthrough success in the United Kingdom. That song was started by The Experience, but it was cut off approximately halfway through.
“Well, regardless of what kind of group we are, we’d like to stop performing this crap and dedicate a song to the Cream… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.