Jimi and Lulu

July 30, 2017

Yeah, Off-Topic Sunday on a Sunday. 

I can't remember how I stumbled across this, but it stuck in my mind. Lulu was a British pop sensation in the 1960s, turned national treasure. Her big hit, in the UK at least, was Shout (see below, Lulu on seminal UK pop show Ready, Steady, Go, looking for all the world like a 5ft2in mod Kewpie Doll). Even 50 years later this song is guaranteed to get a British provincial wedding reception hopping. 

 

It seems Lulu was given a pop show to front, but, on this evidence, not for too long. She did however host The Jimi Hendrix Experience at their most experienced. Jimi, Mitch and Noel noodle through their hits and instrumentalise Cream's Sunshine of Your Love. A comment below the video, on YouTube, says...

 

'BBC banned Jimi for screwing around, the band was supposed to play "Hey Joe" with Lulu joining them on vocals and they went into a noise massacre, stopping "Hey Joe" and played "Sunshine...." because Cream announced their break up. Truly historical footage for all Hendrix fans. I heard about this, but it's the first time I'm watching it. Of course, they were all high and didn't give a ****, LOL.'

 

He truly did not give a ****. 

I was going to be off-hand about Lulu being out of her depth with one of the most iconic rock stars of all-time, but when I looked into her past I saw she recorded at Muscle Shoals, so I wound my neck in. What do I know? Judging her because of pop hits and a later life duet with Take That? Don't judge a book by it's cover. 

 

She was also on Month Python's Flying Circus, very briefly, with Ringo Starr. And she sang the theme to the Bond movie, The Man With The Golden Gun, first line 'He has a powerful weapon...'

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