Jimi Hendrix UK soap guilty pleasure exposed by ex-girlfriend in rare book

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was a big fan of Corrie and it's rumoured he stole a few bars from its iconic theme tune for one of his songs.

The Purple Haze star loved to watch the northern-based soap when he moved from the US to the UK in the late 1960s.

And it even inspired him to go visit Manchester, mingle with the locals and try black pudding.

The revelations come in a new book Wild Thing to mark the 50th anniversary of his death from a drug overdose aged just 27 in 1970.

Author Philip Norman interviewed the guitar whizz's ex-girlfriend, former hairdresser and budding DJ Kathy Etchingham who explained how he "religiously" watched Corrie.

The book adds: "The soap's northern idiom was at first too impenetrable but he soon became involved with its characters.

"Especially arch-gossips Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell and Martha Longhurst, always to be found in the Rovers' back bar sipping stout and eviscerating their neighbours like a coven of witches in hairnets.

"He discovered the north of England's friendliness, honesty and joie-de-vivre – and grew familiar with such northern delicacies as black pudding, mushy peas and 'scratchings'."

Jimi's love of Corrie has led to speculation that he "borrowed" a few bars from its theme tune for a song in 1967 called Third Stone From The Sun.

Some 45 seconds into the track, notes recreating the show's famous opener can clearly be heard.

One fan remarked: "Jimi has a repeated refrain that sounds remarkably like Eric Spear's iconic theme tune."

Coronation Street announced last week that it was returning to its original format of six episodes per week, due to the easing of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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