The 10 Best Covers of Jimi Hendrix Songs
We pick the 10 best covers of Jimi Hendrix songs, featuring SRV, Jeff Beck and The Cure.
01. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”
Stevie Ray Vaughan was to Jimi Hendrix in the ‘80s what the Byrds were to Bob Dylan in the ‘60s: He was the artist most associated with interpreting and updating Hendrix’s songs, adding a fair share of his own personality and flavor.
In his epic rendering of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” that flavor came in the form of a little Texas BBQ rub — lightning-fast, open-position runs in E, rhythmic changes and different Strat pickup settings as the song rolled on.
Besides being the centerpiece of his 1984 album, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, it was a highlight of his live shows throughout that decade. Rarely has anyone kept an audience so riveted without ever straying too far from a simple — albeit Texas-sized — E chord.
Honorable Mentions: Sting, "Little Wing"; Buddy Guy, "Red House"; Ozzy Osbourne, "Purple Haze"; Michael Winslow, "Star Spangled Banner"; John Mayer, "Bold As Love"
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