Tag Archives: Hey Joe

A story about Billy Roberts and Hey Joe by Neil Lewis

I was a coffeehouse folk singer in D.C. in the late 50’s.  I had been caught up in the music and lore from the moment I first heard Burl Ives in the mid 40’s.  ( I had a Stinson LP … Continue reading

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A clear, slightly chilly, Spring night in San Francisco. Billy Roberts, Steve Gurr and Billy Stapleton (By Billy Stapleton)

Billy Roberts One of the favorite people I’ve met,……. and later would come to call my friend, was Billy Roberts. To inform those of you who don’t know who he is….., (cuz Billy is a bit older than me, even…. … Continue reading

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Hey Joe Versions now at https://heyjoeversions.wordpress.com/

Dear all, Hey Joe Versions has been moved from franzen.tk to https://heyjoeversions.wordpress.com/ Please update your bookmarks! Franzen.tk will be closed and I lost heyjoe.org 3 years ago. This is the only address for Hey Joe Versions (By Jan Marius): https://heyjoeversions.wordpress.com/Continue reading

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Mail from Andrew Christopher Roberts Sr (March 14, 2008)

My mom emailed me your site. My name is Andrew Christopher Roberts Sr.. Bill is my father. Surprise! I was born 8/1/1961 as Hillel mentioned they met in Nevada that year, where Bill was divorcing my mother. I never met … Continue reading

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Mail from Elaine Forzano to Jan Marius (Oct. 25, 2007)

I met Dino in the Village in 1960. He used to play and sing “Hey Joe” down in the Cafe Wha? on MacDougall Street. I never heard anyone but Dino do that song in the Village. He sang it with … Continue reading

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Mail from Bruce Long to Jan Marius (May 27, 2007)

When “The Leaves” performed Hey Joe live, around the time they released their first single of it, a verse was included which was not on the recorded version. I saw them perform it at least a dozen times. As I … Continue reading

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Mail from from Third Palm Music (April 26, 2006)

Dear Jan – We have always paid royalties to Billy Roberts, and only Billy Roberts, as the author of the song. We would have no reason to pay anyone else. Thanks for making the site, it is very informative. Sincerely, … Continue reading

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The Tale of Billy Roberts by Hillel Resner, close friend and ex-manager of Billy Roberts (May 7, 2005)

A friend of mine (the guitar player Stevie Gurr, who plays with Elvin Bishop and others) told me about your site. It just goes to prove that you really can find anything on the Internet! Anyway, I probably know as … Continue reading

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Mail from Niela (Halleck) Miller, ex-girlfriend of Billy Roberts

I would like to set the record straight about Hey Joe…the Untold Story. In the late fifties, Billy Roberts was my boyfriend for awhile. I was a songwriter and had written a song called “Baby Please Don’t Go To Town”. … Continue reading

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Message from N. Jama Santers (Dino’s “Old Lady” from 1976 to 1983)

I just wanted you to know that I was Dino’s (Chet Powers) woman for 7 years. He recieved quarterly royalty statements from BMI and included in the numerous song credits and royalties was the song “Hey Joe”. He was born … Continue reading

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