The Story Of The Almost Supergroup Of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and Paul McCartney
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Imagine taking Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, and Miles Davis and stuffing them into one band. This almost happened during the sixties when Hendrix sent McCartney a telegram and would have seen the eclectic mix of jazz, rock, and pop rolled into one smooth package.
Hendrix was an avid fan of the Beatles and badly wanted to be in a band with the bassist, along with Tony Williams and Miles Davis. Hendrix and Davis had already been working together in New York, planning a collaboration album, only waiting for McCartney to take the offer. He was definitely the missing piece the band needed to succeed, no to mention McCartney putting in a word for Hendrix when he had a difficult time breaking out in the US.
Davis and Hendrix sent a telegram to McCartney in 1969, hoping that the Beatles bassist would accept the invite. “We are recording an LP together this weekend. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alan Douglas 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams” read the telegram.
It was not clear if McCartney received the letter, however, as according to a Rolling Stone report: “It’s unclear if McCartney was aware of the request…. Beatles aide Peter Brown responded the next day, telling Hendrix and Davis that McCartney was out on vacation and wasn’t expected back for two weeks.”
With that, listen to the closest thing to a McCartney and Hendrix collaboration by way of the latter’s cover of Sgt. Peppers.