In September, Chandler persuaded Hendrix to travel to Britain where he teamed him up with the English musicians Noel Redding (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums) to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They swiftly recorded and released their first single, a version of the rock standard “Hey Joe”. The trio returned to the studio during November to begin recording their début album Are You Experienced?
As part of these sessions they recorded their second single, “Purple Haze” for the A-side, and “51st Anniversary” on the B-side. It had its UK release on 17th March 1967, entering the UK charts at number 39 before peaking at number 3. The US release of the single was on 19th June, but it only reached number 65 in the charts.