50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Records “Foxy Lady”

50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Records “Foxy Lady”

1968: Rock band "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" pose for a portrait in 1968. (L-R) Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Photo by Michael Ochs/Getty Images

It was December 13th, 1966 when eccentric guitarist Jimi Hendrix recorded what would be one of his most well-known songs. Foxy Lady would reveal itself to the world the next year on the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album Are You Experienced. The U.S. version of the album misspelt the song as Foxey Lady, and the tune now goes by both spellings.

With a long list of girls Hendrix was involved with, nobody has quite figured out who the song could have been written about. It has been wondered if Foxy Lady was inspired by Heather Taylor (who later married The Who’s Roger Daltrey) or if Lithofayne “Faye” Pridgon was the foxy lady. While the song exposes Hendrix as a confident womanizer, the musician admitted he was actually rather shy and would never approach women in the straight-forward manner that the song suggests.

Although it is often considered one Hendrix’s greatest works and could be said to be his most recognizable, Foxy Lady surprisingly only reached #67 on the Billboard charts initially.

Watch Jimi Hendrix perform Foxy Lady live at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968 here:


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