Vintage Video: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Performs on "Happening For Lulu" (1969)

by VVN Music

On this date in 1969, 48 years ago, Jimi Hendrix appeared on the British series Happening For Lulu starring the singer Lulu who was still scoring regularly on the U.K. singles chart.

What she wasn't ready for was Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell throwing the plans for the show out the window to avoid a truly embarrassing performance. The producers of the show planned on Hendrix performing Voodoo Child followed by Hey Joe. Lulu was supposed to join Hendrix on stage for the final bars of the song, at which point she would take over and sing the show closing song.

Hendrix had a totally different idea. In this video from the show, you see Hendrix sing his first song and, at the end, the camera goes to Lulu in the audience to introduce the second song. Right in the middle of the intro, Hendrix lets out a blast of feedback then launches into his second song but, in the middle, stopped and said "We'd like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to Cream" launching into Sunshine of Your Love.

Hendrix never was allowed to play on the BBC again.

The top ten songs in the U.S. on January 3, 1969:
  1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  2. For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
  3. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations
  4. Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Limited
  5. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
  6. Cloud Nine - Temptations
  7. Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  8. Stormy - Classics IV
  9. Who's Making Love - Johnnie Taylor
  10. Hooked on a Feeling - B.J. Thomas
The top debut of the week, at number 53, was Baby, Baby Don't Cry by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.

The top ten albums:
  1. The White Album - Beatles
  2. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
  3. The Second - Steppenwolf
  4. Fool on the Hill - Sergio Mendes
  5. Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations - Diana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations
  6. Cheap Thrills - Big Brother & the Holding Company
  7. Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  8. Wildflowers - Judy Collins
  9. In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
  10. Time Peace/The Rascals' Greatest Hits - Rascals

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