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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Buddy Miles, Dead at 60

posted by on February 28 at 10:55 AM

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Via the LA Times:

Buddy Miles, the rock and R&B drummer, singer and songwriter whose eclectic career included stints playing with Jimi Hendrix and as the lead voice of the California Raisins, the animated clay figures that became an advertising phenomenon in the late 1980s, has died. He was 60.

Miles 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.

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http://www.soulclub.org/stream/Buddy_Miles_-_I'm_Just_A_Kiss_Away.ram

Met him outside of a blues bar last year while visiting my sister in Austin. very friendly fella, and was shocked that i knew the above song.

Posted by kevin jones | February 28, 2008 11:04 AM
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I played with him last time he was in town. My band was playing the Musiquarium at the Triple Door and Buddy was all kinds of fucked up on medication. He insisted on sitting in and playing "All Blues" with us twice in a row. RIP, you fat old fuck.

Posted by Andrew | February 28, 2008 9:54 PM
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medication? they couldn't get the guy to stop smoking weed in the green room that night.

Posted by COD | February 29, 2008 2:32 PM
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medication? they couldn't get the guy to stop smoking weed in the green room that night.

Posted by COD | February 29, 2008 2:33 PM

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