Few people dispute that Jimi Hendrix’s musical DNA has proliferated throughout rock and roll. I would wager that Hendrix is cited as an influence by guitar players more often than any other musician in rock history. So when one of my students asked if we could study “Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam, a “Little Wing”-esque song very much in the Hendrix school of guitar playing, I was reminded of Hendrix’s widespread influence.
That got me wondering exactly how much influence Hendrix and “Little Wing” has had on rock history. So I conducted my own little un-scientific experiment. I listened to every song in my collection of over 2100 titles and earmarked all of the ones that were, in my opinion, unquestionably related to Hendrix and “Little Wing.”
How many did I find? The answer is six! And that’s not including the two “Little Wing” covers! I’m not sure I can name any other song that has sired so many offspring.
Take a listen to “Little Wing,” by Jimi Hendrix:
Here are the “Little Wing”-esque songs that I found in my library:
“For the Movies,” by Buckcherry
“F-Stop Blues,” by Jack Johnson
“While We Cry,” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“Under the Bridge,” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Yellow Ledbetter,” by Pearl Jam
“Lenny,” by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Do you have any songs in your library that are not in this list? If so, post a comment and let me know!
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