Although not written by Hendrix himself, “Hey Joe” is indelibly associated with the guitarist, partly because the song was the artist’s first hit record, but also because he instils his own individuality in the song, especially in the relaxed phrasing of the vocal. As a song, “Hey Joe” certainly isn’t spectacular, although it contains a nice, circular chord progression. Lines such as “Hey Joe, what ya doing with that gun in your hand?” may have passed into rock folklore, but they’re hardly inspired. What makes the song above average isHendrix’s sheer charisma – his vocal is idiosyncratic, yet perfectly suited to the song. It goes without saying that the guitar solo is awesome, but it’s the economy of phrasing, and it’s lyrical ness that makes the final solo in “Hey Joe” special.