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Buddy Miles, Hendrix drummer, dies at 60

February 27, 2008 |  5:51 pm

Buddy Miles in the Band of GypsiesBuddy Miles, the man who reportedly brought soul to Jimi Hendrix's sound has died. He was 60.

Glide Magazine details his career.

Miles was born Sept. 5, 1947, in Omaha, Neb., and was introduced to music at a young age by his father, who played in a band called the Bebops. [Miles] also played with Wilson Pickett, the Delfonics and the Ink Spots.

Miles met Hendrix in the early 1960s but didn't begin collaborating with him until 1969, when Hendrix produced an album by the Buddy Miles Express.

Miles, often decked out in sequined clothes and an enormous Afro, went on to drum on Hendrix's landmark "Electric Ladyland" album before officially joining Band of Gypsys with bassist Billy Cox a few months later.

The group's lone self-titled album chronicled a New Year's Eve 1969/1970 concert at New York's Fillmore East, and is regarded by many as one of the best live albums of the era.

One more credit - Miles was the lead voice of the California Raisins.

--Veronique de Turenne

photo credit: Mercury Records

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