Bang The Drum Slowly

Another sad note: from my friend Pat Goldsmith I have just learned that drummer Buddy Miles, best known for his playing in Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, has died.


  1. the one eyed man says

    I was in Nashville two weekends ago for a wedding, and the reception was at a club where Rick Springfield performed. As Springfield’s oeuvre is more or less limited to Jessie’s Girl, he did two Hendrix covers. It’s not often that you see musicians play Hendrix, perhaps because they will inevitably suffer by comparison. (Rick Springfield sure did). Sorry to hear of his passing.

    Posted February 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Rather an oblique connection there, Pete, but yes, it’s sad to hear of Buddy’s death. Pat G. was a friend of his, and they had played together on many occasions.

    Posted February 27, 2008 at 11:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Thanks Mac for the shout-out …

    I only played with Buddy a few times publicly, we jammed more in terms of time spent playin’… we spent a lot of hours hanging out, eating and kicking around the music stores on 48th St. in the late 20th & early 21st centuries…He was a very wise and funny man, but could also be diva-tuff as any star when he wanted to be…

    I saw him last at a Celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s 64th (wouldabeen) birthday memorial gig at B.B. King’s a couple years ago.-(where J. Winter stole the show in a blazing display of manual dexterity & ass-kicking Rock’n’roll)…

    Death sucks!- hows that for philosophy?

    Posted February 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    That death sucks is the philosophical observation that puts all the others in context.

    Posted February 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
  5. Many years ago (17), Rick Springfield’s publicist asked me to show some of his art work at my 11th St. Gallery- I demured… I am glad he is still plugging away tho-

    Posted March 1, 2008 at 10:49 am | Permalink

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