Monday, March 3, 2008

Buddy Miles, drummer with Jimi Hendrix, Electric Flag dead at 60...


Buddy Miles, drummer with Jimi Hendrix, Electric Flag dead at 60...

Buddy Miles, 60; drummer with Hendrix, The Electric Flag and an American blues & rock icon of the 60's and 70's has passed away, Tuesday February 28th.Buddy Miles, the rock and R&B drummer, singer and songwriter whose eclectic career included stints playing with Jimi Hendrix has died. Buddy was only 60 when he died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas, according to an announcement on his website. A massive man with a distinctive, sculpted afro, Miles hit his peak of popularity when he joined Hendrix and bassist Billy Cox to form Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, which the New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll called "the first black rock group." Miles had played with Hendrix on the guitarist's influential "Electric Ladyland" album released in 1968. The Band of Gypsys made just one album, a live set recorded on New Year's Eve in 1969-70, and two of Miles' songs, "Them Changes" and "We Got to Live Together," were included on the album. He gave the recording a memorable drum riff on one of Hendrix's signature songs, "Machine Gun."But, according to Miles, the Band of Gypsys association was brief and stormy. He told The Times in 1988 that Hendrix's management, not the guitarist himself, fired him within a month of the concert. He thought Hendrix's managers were leery of continuing with an all-black group."It had to be a racial thing," Miles told The Times. "I think it had to scare them because of the political aspect at the time."Miles was born Sept. 5, 1947, in Omaha. He developed an interest in drums at an early age and by 12 was playing in his father's jazz combo. Within a couple of years he was in demand as a session player and a sideman, working with top-name R&B groups, including Ruby and the Romantics and the Delfonics. According to the Rolling Stone encyclopedia, he played on the session that produced the Jaynetts' 1963 hit "Sally Go Round the Roses."While playing with Wilson Pickett in 1967, he was approached by guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who asked him to join the blues, rock and soul group Electric Flag. Miles played on three of the band's albums before forming his own group, the Buddy Miles Express, in 1968. Next came his association with Hendrix.Over the years, Miles recorded two albums with Carlos Santana, one of which went platinum, and worked with other leading music figures, including Muddy Waters and John McLaughlin. He re-formed the Buddy Miles Express in the mid-1970s and had a hit with his song "Them Changes".




The Rock & Blues Music world has lost an iconic legend in the inimitable Buddy Miles.

2 comments:

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Wonderful tribute. Butchie to a legand in his own time....! It is always difficult when any of the "ionic" muscians die...Especially if they are young--And I think 60 is young! But what is reallyt quite speciak is the bidy of work they leave behind in the form of records, CD's, Videos, etc. This doesn't make their passing any easier, but it means they will never be forgotten. And that is quite a legacy.

Butchie Boy Olmstead said...

Yeah... I felt the same about Hendrix. I was a HUGE fan in his day and literally wept when I learned of his death. More recently, in 92 I think- the untimely death of Stevie Ray Vaughan in a chopper crash, leaving a gig... but as former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards wrote for the liner-notes in Stevies "Box Set" - "..there will never be another Texan guitar-slinger the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan!" I thought it pretty cool a lady of her august years would be a "fully hooked" SRV fan... and as am I. I own EVERYthing he recorded, for as you say- they stay with us in the recorded sounds they bequeath to us forever!

Speakin of sounds- new news in my blog about my collaboration recording with Michael Coleman! Check it out when you can! I'm still trying to "hear" your songs on your blog doll!!

- Butchie