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MITCH MITCHELL:

Drummer For Jimi Hendrix
Found Dead


By Tequila Mockingbird

Mitch Mitchell



PORTLAND, Ore. Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and the group's last surviving member, was found dead in his hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.

Mitch and I met at the Cat and Fiddle in Laurel Canyon. We were both friends of Kim Garner, who was in the English band Byrds.  My old beau when I was a teenager was
Gary Kellgren, who produced Jimi's records at the Record Plant.

We started playing Jazz together at the Coconut Teaser on Sunday afternoons. Mitch joined my band Trouble for Nora in 1988. We recorded an album in no time up in Hendrix's old house in Laurel Canyon. Mitch said he had recorded there before with Jimi in the studio located in the front of the house. The house belonged to our friend Randy Johnson and those were crazy times. My manager was Den Den who financed the Trouble for Nora video which is on YOUTUBE. You can hear Mitch playing on our tracks, but things were spinning out of control.  Mitch was long gone by the time we made the video, just being
the Gypsy soul he always was.

Sly Stone was also recording there at the time, so the house was full of Uzis and powder. It was a red house on Lookout Mountain down the street from the pub and market. When the Cat and Fiddle moved to Sunset Blvd. So did we jamming on the patio. I had Mitch's Birthday party at my Apt. in 1988. We had a Tea Party. Sheridan Sullivan took pictures. Mark Leventhal and our band T4N just hanging outside of my pad Tea cups and all and a sunny California day!.

We were celebrating the record we were gonna make. These were happy times. He loved the record but he had to go back to England. He played Los Angeles one more time last month.

They say he was in good spirts. I know he was a lot of fun. The Englishman had been drumming for the Experience Hendrix Tour, which performed Friday in Portland.
It was the last stop on the West Coast part of the tour.

During his career Mitchell played with the best in the business not just Hendrix, but also Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck, Muddy Waters and others.

Mitchell performed with Hendrix and Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, the U.S. debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He also was member of a later version of the band that performed the closing set of the Woodstock Festival in August 1969 where Hendrix played a psychedelic version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the band launched into "Purple Haze."

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 1992.
According to the Hall of Fame, Mitchell was born July 9, 1947, in Ealing, England.
Hendrix
died in 1970. Bass player Noel Redding died in 2003.

And now the band has been reunited in the heavens.I bet there's a jam going on.

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