Here’s a bit of a historic clip. Apparently Jimi was contractually obligated to play “Hey Joe”, Jimi started in on it, thought it “jive” and then led the band through Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” in homage, as the Clapton-Baker-Bruce ensemble had just called it quits.
Cream was joined on-stage by Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix had only been in London for a week, yet was already creating a storm in the local music scene. In double-time, Hendrix tore through a version of “Killing Floor”. His dazzling play and guitar wizardry caused Clapton to exit the stage and ask Hendrix’s manager (Chas Chandler), “is he always this f@$%ing good?”.
Eric Clapton announced that supergroup, Cream would split after they finished their current tour.
We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to the most influential rock guitarist of all time, Johnny Allen Hendrix. Hendrix led the way with his cartwheeling, pyrotechnic psychedelic blues rock to generations of guitarists. Hitting the scene in the mid-1960′s, Hendrix was in the public for little over 5 years, but his unmatched prowess on the guitar made him a living legend before his untimely death in September of 1970. From there Hendrix’s legend has grown, soared and reached unparalleled heights. Check out some of MSD’s previous Hendrix posts for some great stuff that hasn’t been made commercially available, namely our recent post which offered studio jams of Hendrix with Traffic. Jimi would have been 66 today and even though he was not alive in our lifetime, he is truly a unique and timeless artist and his influence is heard in pretty much every guitar solo you hear after 1969.
Here’s the Jimi Hendrix Experience with “Hey Joe” and Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love”:
“Well, the trouble is that I’m doing so many amazing things on my own. Cream is just a band from many, many years ago, and we did do something [referring to the reunion shows in 2005]… (more…)
Cream started on their farewell tour after only two years together and after releasing three albums. It has been widely known that tensions between Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce caused the break-up. Actually the two had been in a band previously broke up due to their fiery relationship, the Graham Bond Organization. The Cream tour blazed through America in 1968 and ended in November.
Here’s an interesting 40-year old television clip showing the band pantomiming “Anyone For Tennis”.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
“Wheels of Fire,” Cream’s double album, hit the top of the U.S. charts 40 years ago today and later became the world’s first platinum-selling album. The album’s sleeve, designed by Australian pop artist and cartoonist Martin Sharp, won the New York Art Directors Prize for Best Album Design in 1969.
Here’s the band in November 1968 performing “White Room,” the opening track on the album.