Australian singles charts:
All Along the Watchtower entered the Kent charts on 2 November 1968 and peaked at #6. The song was #47 on the Top 100 of 1968.
The song is on Electric Ladyland which entered the Kent album charts on 8 March 1969 and peaked at #3.
All Along the Watchtower was written by Bob Dylan, who described his reaction to hearing Jimi Hendrix’s version: “It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day.”
In the booklet accompanying his Biograph album, Dylan said: “I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this and ever since he died I’ve been doing it that way … Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Along_the_Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix said: “All those people who don’t like Bob Dylan’s songs should read his lyrics. They are filled with the joys and sadness of life. I am as Dylan, none of us can sing normally. Sometimes, I play Dylan’s songs and they are so much like me that it seems to me that I wrote them. I have the feeling that Watchtower is a song I could have come up with, but I’m sure I would never have finished it.
Thinking about Dylan, I often consider that I’d never be able to write the words he manages to come up with, but I’d like him to help me, because I have loads of songs I can’t finish. I just lay a few words on the paper, and I just can’t go forward. But now things are getting better, I’m a bit more self-confident.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/jimi-hendrix/all-along-the-watchtower
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