Wednesday, February 27, 2008

r.i.p. buddy miles

former fort worth resident buddy miles left the planet yesterday, aged 60, in austin. as a teenager, miles drummed on the jaynetts' "sally go 'round the roses" and backed classic soulman wilson pickett before forming the electric flag with gtrist mike bloomfield and playing the monterey pop festival in 1967.

jimi hendrix produced miles' post-flag band the buddy miles express (which included ex-mitch ryder gtrist jim mccarty), and miles later drummed in hendrix's band of gypsys when they recorded at the fillmore east, new year's eve '69.

miles served jail time on drug charges in the '80s and provided the voice for the "california raisins" tv commercials. he was a fixture in fort worth blues clubs from the late '90s, performing on drums and guitar, and worked with gtrists james hinkle and rocky athas. i wrote about him once for the fw weekly, and had the bizarre experience of standing behind him in line at pep boys' on highway 80.

miles' signature tune "them changes" (here performed with carlos santana) is still a staple of bar bands everywhere. go easy, dude.

ADDENDUM: big mike posted this vid of buddy w/buddy guy in england, 1969. best one i've seen yet. sir marlin von bungy also recalls that buddy once had some kind words for the me-thinks after a gig they played at the wreck room. who'd a thunk it?


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