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R.I.P. Buddy Miles

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Buddy Miles looking BAAAADAAAASSSSSS! Miles was an American funk drummer and a member of Jemi Hendrix’s band the Gypsys. 

Miles, who was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947 (also home to none other than Preston Love) started working as a professional musician when he was still a child, eventually doing time (as did so many of his contemporaries) backing touring R&B and soul acts.

It was during one such gig that he was recruited by Mike Bloomfield – then with the Butterfield Blues Band – to be the drummer in his new band, the Electric Flag.

Following the dissolution of that group, Miles formed his own band, The Buddy Miles Express. Their first and second LPs were produced by none other than Jimi Hendrix. He played with Jimi Hendrix on the hugely influential Electric Ladyland album. Miles played on the songs “Rainy Day, Dream Away” and “Still Raining, Still Dreaming”.  When the Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up in 1970, Hendrix formed Band of Gypsys with his old Army buddy Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles on drums.

He also did some of the songs for Cheech and Chongs stellar Up In Smoke along with a plethora of other successful collaborations and recordings.

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Listen – Buddy Miles – Dreams – MP3″

Listen – Buddy Miles – Down By the River – MP3″

Listen – Ramsey Lewis – Them Changes – MP3″

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