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.
Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time and The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed.
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?”.
Jimi died a few days and many years ago, I thought I’d put this up in tribute to him and Michael Winslow (remember Police Academy?).
Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scott’s in what was to be Hendrix’s last public appearance.
“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.”
Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the Army’s 101st Airborne after breaking his ankle. Contrary to popular belief at the time, it would not be the last time Hendrix would “kiss the sky”. (Sorry about the weak-ass joke.)
Brief bio found on YouTube:
Jean-Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 — May 16, 1953) was a Belgian Sinto Gypsy jazz guitarist. He was one of the first prominent jazz musicians to be born in Europe, and one of the most renowned jazz guitarists of all time. His most renowned works include “My Sweet”, “Minor Swing”, “Tears”, “Belleville”, “Djangology” and “Nuages”. Reinhardt spent most of his youth in gypsy encampments close to Paris, playing banjo, guitar and violin from an early age professionally at Bal-musette halls in Paris. He started first on the violin and eventually moved on to a banjo-guitar .At the age of 18 Reinhardt was injured in a fire that ravaged the caravan he shared with Bella, his first wife. They were very poor, and to supplement their income Bella made imitation flowers out of celluloid and paper. Consequently, their home was full of this highly flammable material. Returning from a performance late one night, Django apparently knocked over a candle on his way to bed. While his family and neighbors were quick to pull him to safety, he received first- and second-degree burns over half his body. His right leg was paralyzed and the third and fourth fingers of his left hand were badly burnt. Doctors believed that he would never play guitar again and intended to amputate one of his legs. Reinhardt refused to have the surgery and left the hospital after a short time; he was able to walk within a year with the aid of a cane. In 1934, Louis Vola formed the “Quintette du Hot Club de France” with Reinhardt, violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt’s brother Joseph and Roger Chaput on guitar, and himself on bass.The concept of “lead guitar” (Django) and backing “rhythm guitar” (Joseph Reinhardt/Roger Chaput or Pierre Ferret) was born with that band. When World War II broke out, the original quintet was on tour in the United Kingdom. Reinhardt returned to Paris. Reinhardt survived World War II unscathed, unlike the many Gypsies who perished in the porajmos, the Nazi regime’s systematic murder of several hundred thousand European Gypsies, quite a few of whom were sent to death camps. He was especially fortunate because the Nazi regime did not allow jazz to be performed and recorded. He apparently enjoyed the protection of the Luftwaffe officer Dietrich Schulz-Köhn, nicknamed “Doktor Jazz”, who deeply admired his music. Many musicians have expressed admiration for Reinhardt , including guitarist Jimmy McCulloch, classical guitarist Julian Bream; country artist Chet Atkins, who placed Reinhardt #1 on a list of the ten most influential guitarists of the 20th century ; Carlos Santana; B.B. King; Jerry Garcia; Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi; Jimi Hendrix; Synyster Gates; Shawn Lane; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Derek Trucks; Mark Knopfler; Les Paul; Joe Pass; Peter Frampton; Denny Laine; Jeff Beck; Jon Larsen; Trey Anastasio; Steve Howe; Charlie Christian and George Benson. Jimi Hendrix is said to have named one of his bands the Band of Gypsys because of Django’s music. The Allman Brothers Band song “Jessica” was written by Dickey Betts in tribute to Reinhardt — he wanted to write a song that could be played using only two fingers. This aspect of the artist’s work also inspired Tony Iommi, who continued playing guitar despite a factory accident cost him his two fingertips.
The bassist and guitarist on the two songs Janye Mansfield recorded in 1965 was none other than Jimi Hendrix. The songs in question are “Suey” and “And The Clouds Drift By”. Here’s “Suey”
The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed on “It’s Lulu’s” and started into “Hey Joe”, but then abruptly morphed into Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” as an homage to the power trio that had split days prior. Clapton and Hendrix were very close friends. Very cool relic.
An all night festival called “Christmas On Earth” featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals happened in London. Tickets were $2.
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”:
A purely instrumental affair, alternately dated as 1968 or 1970, this studio material is among the most intriguing unreleased pieces of either performer. The lineup is listed as Jimi Hendrix (guitar), Steve Winwood (piano), Chris Wood (flute), Rick Grech (bass), and Jim Capaldi (drums), but the actual lineup of these recordings is uncertain. Only Hendrix is identifiable with certainty. The overall sound resembles Traffic, and the piano and flute parts seem particularly recognizable as Steve and Chris, respectively.
The music on this cd consists of jams that, in contrast to Traffic’s usual melodic sensibilities, range from minor key to almost atonal structure. Some of the magic of the “Voodoo Chile” session is also evident on this recording. The jams sound basically spontaneous, organized around particular keys with shifting tempos, and lack a distinct song structure. None of them sound like they were even intended to have vocal parts. For the most part, the piano and drums drive the rhythms while the guitar and flute solo. The extraordinary aspect of the recording is the complementary interplay between Jimi and Chris. While Jimi builds upon driving vamps that eventually erupt into molten solos, Chris counterbalances with his usual delicate, mellowing flute. The result of this collaboration is at least interesting, and sometimes magical. Unlike other Hendrix jam sessions, Jimi seems to have a lot of respect for Traffic and doesn’t fully dominate the proceedings, which makes the session perhaps unique to both entities.
This bootleg CD consists of three jams of excellent quality studio recordings. The insert states that the session “was recorded at an unknown place in the late 60′s”. Credits are Jimi Hendrix (guitar), Chris Wood (flute and saxophone), Jim Capaldi (drums), and Steve Winwood (organ). In the book Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy (1995), by Harry Shapiro and Caesar Glebbeek, the well researched discography section lists the CD as released in late 1990, and recorded in 1968 or 1969.
Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel this morning at the age of 62. Early reports indicate he died due to natural causes. Raised in London as John Mitchell, he and bassist Noel Redding comprised Jimi Hendrix’s rhythm section from 1966 until 1969, with Mitchell joining the guitar great on all three Experience albums — Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland — as well as legendary performances at the Isle of Wight and Woodstock. Mitchell also played in the Dirty Mac with John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus. (more…)
We are sad to report that original Jimi Hendrix Experience member, Mitch Mitchell has died. He was found dead in his Portland, OR hotel room earlier today. He was the last surviving member of The Experience, after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 and Noel Redding passed in 2003. Here he is with Jimi and Noel at Woodstock playing Villanovia Junction.
Performing “Shotgun” in the backing band for Buddy & Stacey in 1965. This is the oldest known footage of Jimi performing.
Spanning the fourth of July celebrations of 1969 and 1970, the Atlanta Pop Festival, predated Woodstock and was an astounding collection of musical acts and personalities from a very different time. Some noteworthy performers were: Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, BB King, Johnny Winter, Spirit, Grand Funk Railroad. Click here to go to this comprehensive site that chronicles the weekend through photos and stories of this legendary festival.
Jimi Hendrix at the festival performing “Stone Free” and “The Star Spangled Banner” on July 4, 1970 amidst festival fireworks:
Jimi’s “Voodoo Chile” is the Mona Lisa of blues rock. With an impossibly wicked lick, the song draws you in instantly. Here’s some info on the song.
“Voodoo Chile” is a song by The Jimi Hendrix Experience from the album Electric Ladyland. Recorded on May 2, 1968 at the Record Plant Studios in New York City, the recording session included Mitch Mitchell, drummer of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Steve Winwood of Traffic on B3 organ, and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane on bass duties. The song, basically a 15-minute blues jam, evolved into the final product over the course of an hour.
After many of the late night Electric Ladyland recording sessions, Hendrix and the band went to one of the New York City clubs to jam with whoever was there. One such jam at The Scene Club included Steve Winwood and Jack Casady. Noel Redding was not present as he had stormed out of the Record Plant studio earlier that evening. They spent the night playing “Voodoo Chile”, and when the club closed, Hendrix invited everyone back to the studio. At about 7 a.m. the next morning they began to formally record “Voodoo Chile”. It took only three takes and the final 15 minute version was Hendrix’s longest studio recording. The second take did not come out well, since a string broke. The first and second takes are used in “Voodoo Chile Blues” that is a combination of two takes released on Hendrix leftovers-album called Blues.
While “Voodoo Chile” sounds like a live recording, the crowd noise was actually recorded afterwards. Some twenty people were brought to the studio to record appropriate background noise.
Some notable video recordings:
From the BBC’s Happening’s For Lulu 1969:
Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1983:
Zakk Wylde and Slash from 1994:
Jimi again at Woodstock:
On this day in 1966, Jimi Hendrix and Chas Chandler (the Animals’ former bassist) flew from New York to London. En route, they decided to change the Jimmy’s name to Jimi.
Chandler continued to be influential in Jimi’s career. While in London, Hendrix formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Chandler recruited other musicians to join the group, managed the group and produced their first two albums.
Jimi Hendrix died on this date in 1970. There have been many theories to how he passed, from crazy government conspiracies to bitter, angry management settling a score. Whatever the case, Jimi was only in the spotlight for four years, but his influence is heard in almost every guitar solo you hear. RIP Jimi.
LONDON – A guitar burned onstage by The Beatles‘ first contract with Brian Epstein are up for sale Thursday, and auctioneers predict bidding could run to hundreds of thousands of dollars.and
Elvis Presley’s fingerprints and the audio archive of legendary music producer London sale, which suggests the market in rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia is booming.are also included in the big-bucks
The star lot at the sale, run by specialist auctioneer Fame Bureau, is a Fender Stratocaster that Hendrix set alight during a concert at London’s Astoria in March 1967. The musician burned another guitar at the Monterey Pop festival later the same year, where the stunt was caught on film.
The Fame Bureau says the scorched guitar was found last year in a garage at the home of a relative of one of Hendrix’s business associates. It is predicted to sell for up to 500,000 pounds (US$900,000).
Also going under the hammer is Epstein’s copy of his management contract with The Beatles, a pact that proved to be worth millions.
Fame Bureau managing director Ted Owen said the contract was “the most important music contract to have ever appeared.”
The four-page document, signed on Jan. 24, 1962 by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey — Ringo Starr‘s real name — is expected to sell for 250,000 pounds (US$450,000).
The contract, also signed by Harold Hargreaves Harrison and James McCartney on behalf of their underage sons, marked the moment when all the pieces were in place for a global outbreak of Beatlemania.
The contract entitled Epstein to 25 percent of the group’s earnings once each band member was making more than 200 pounds (US$360) a week. Epstein did not sign it until Oct, 1, 1962 — after he had fulfilled a promise to get the band a deal with a record label. The Beatles signed to EMI, and their first single, “Love Me Do,” was released Oct. 5. Continue Reading….