A week later he was invited to see Cream play at the Regent Street Polytechnic in Little Titchfield Street and to meet Eric Clapton, who was considered to be the best guitar player in the UK. Hendrix turned up at the gig with his guitar, and in the encore was invited to jam with the band. He tore into a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Killing Floor’ and his reputation was cemented.
Watch a video of Jimi Hendrix playing Killing Floor (not at the Polytechnic)
Sadly no photos or recordings are believed to exist of this event but the following year Hendrix was interviewed for the Polytechnic’s student magazine ‘West One’ in his flat nearby in Brook Street.