Jimi Hendrix – “Sunshine of Your Love” Live
Jimi Pays Tribute To Cream
This is another performance from the Jimi Hendrix Experience in Stockholm. Here, they play “Sunshine of Your Love” which was originally recorded by Cream. It was written by Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, and Eric Clapton. It was released as a single on January 1968 under Atco Records. The single eventually received gold certification after selling over 500,000 copies.
With elements of hard rock, psychedelia, and pop, it is one of Cream’s best-known and most popular songs. Cream bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce based it on a distinctive bass riff or repeated musical phrase he developed after attending a Jimi Hendrix concert.
Although Atco wasn’t too positive about the song’s potential, they eventually released it. It topped the charts and became one of the most popular singles of that year. It was often included in Cream’s repertoire and they also had several live recordings of the track. Jimi Hendrix’s version was notably faster.
During the live broadcast of A Happening for Lulu, a music variety show hosted by pop singer Lulu on BBC Television, the Experience suddenly broke with the programme. Hendrix announced, “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish [“Hey Joe”] and dedicate a song to the Cream, regardless of what kind of group they may be in – dedicate this to Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce”
Jimi was not fully aware that the band dedicated this track to him and he would perform it as a tribute to them. Either way, it’s a wonderful and touching story from these legendary musicians!