Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Buddy Miles

The Buddy Miles Express was our first rock concert. Poco was the opening act. Playing bass guitar with Buddy was David Hull, cousin of our pal Brian Butler, who had a Ludwig drum set just like Ringo's. David Hull's buddy Charlie Karp played guitar. Them Changes had just hit the charts; it included a great version of Down By The River and a song written by Charlie called I Still Love You, Anyway. Buddy Miles had drummed with Jimi Hendrix in Band of Gypsys. After Jimi died, David and Charlie played at his graveside service. Then they made an album with Arthur Lee and came home to Connecticut and formed the band White Chocolate, and later, The Dirty Angels. In 2006, David Hull filled in for Tom Hamilton on tour with Aerosmith. Somewhere along the way, Buddy Miles went to prison for shoplifting and sang on the California Raisins commercials. He died yesterday.

He'd made it to 60.

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