The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a group formed in the mid-1960s and lasted for three years. The band was one of the most well-known names in psychedelic rock. The band solidified itself in the rock and roll canon with hits such as “Hey Joe” and “Purple Haze”. It consisted of three members: Jimi Hendrix on lead guitar, Noel Redding on bass, and Mitch Mitchell on drums. But, what happened to the members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience?
Jimi Hendrix was born on 27 November 1942 in Seattle, Washington. By the age of 15, he was playing the guitar daily, and by the age of 18, he was looking for ways to play professionally. He began playing in Nashville, where he met Little Richard. He briefly joined that band, but soon moved on to Curtis Knight and The Squares, which moved him to London in 1966.
A few months later, Hendrix officially formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band’s first three singles include some of their best-known hits: “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”
With the band, Hendrix’s career took off. He and the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals and festivals of the late 1960s, including The Monterey Pop Festival and The Isle of Wight Festival.
Hendrix was a solo act when he performed at Woodstock in August 1969, where he famously played the national anthem. He died on September 18, 1970, of asphyxiation caused by an overdose of prescribed sleeping pills.
Noel Redding met Jimi Hendrix as he was starting to form a band of his own. Redding was a British musician and joined the Jimi Hendrix Experience as a bass player. During the band’s existence, Hendrix had a habit of playing with other musicians and failed to consult his bandmates to expand the group with more musicians. Redding decided to leave the band on June 29, 1969. The band was to reunite in 1970, but Redding was not asked to play bass again. Instead, he was replaced by Billy Cox.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience was not the only band that included Redding. He was also a founding member of Fat Mattress. He completed only one album with the band. He also formed the Noel Redding Band in the early 1970s. He continued to play music throughout his life, although he was not as successful as his early career. Redding died in May 2003, just weeks after his mother passed away.
Along with Redding, Mitch Mitchell was a British-born musician. Michelle was also a child artist, starring in children’s television shows jennings in school. Through a part-time job in a drum shop, Mitchell learned to play the drums and became a touring and session musician for various bands. Just before Mitchell met Hendrix, he was playing with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames.
Mitchell joined the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, but was not asked to join on the basis of his talent alone. He was competing with Ainsley Dunbar, and Mitchell won his spot in the band via a simple coin toss. Even after Redding left, Mitchell remained part of the band, joining Hendrix on stage to perform at Woodstock.
Mitchell also joined Dirty Mac’s short-lived band, the only supergroup formed for The Rolling Stones’ rock and roll circus. Other band members included John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.
After Hendrix’s death, Mitchell continued to work on the production and release of Hendrix’s final unfinished recordings. After its completion, Mitchell played and recorded music only occasionally for the rest of his life. He died in 2008 Experience natural causes while participating in the Hendrix Tour.
These great artists will always be remembered for their work with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and their contributions to the music industry.
The only Jimi Hendrix Experience song written by Hendrix’s bandmates