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Buddy Miles is the stage name of musician (drummer and vocalist) George Miles, who was born September 5, 1947 in North Omaha, Nebraska. Miles is also the vocalist for The California Raisins commercials. is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... North Omaha is in the Missouri River bluffs above Eppley Airfield and Carter Lake Further information: List of articles related to North Omaha, Nebraska North Omaha is an area in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that is defined by its historical and modern neighborhoods, as well as its diverse racial and... The California Raisins are a fictional rhythm and blues musical group comprised of anthropomorphized raisins. ...



He began his musical career at twelve when he joined his father's jazz band The Bebops. As a teenager Miles played in a variety of bands including Ruby & the Romantics, the Ink Spots and the Delfonics. Ruby & The Romantics was an American doo-wop group, frequently considered a one-hit wonder, scoring topping the charts once with 1963s Our Day Will Come. ... The Ink Spots were an American vocal group that helped define the musical genre that eventually became known as doo-wop. ... The Delfonics were a quintessential Philadelphia soul singing group, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...

In 1967 he formed Electric Flag with guitarist Mike Bloomfield. While the lead vocalist for the Flag was Nick Gravenites, fans of the Flag always looked forward to the numbers sung by Miles. Listen to the slow blues song "Texas" by the short-lived Flag and you will get a sense of what Miles brought to the group. The group broke up after their 2nd album, and Miles formed the Buddy Miles Express. Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The Electric Flag, formed in 1967, were a blues rock soul group led by guitarist Mike Bloomfield, keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks. ... For the astronaut, see Michael J. Bloomfield Michael Bernard Bloomfield (July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981) was an American musician, guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, into a well-off Jewish family on Chicagos North Side. ... Nicholas George Gravenites (born October 2, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois), known as Nick The Greek Gravenites and Gravy, is a blues, rock and folk singer/songwriter and is best known for his work with Janis Joplin and several other greats of the era. ...

Jimi Hendrix

After Electric Flag, Miles would begin involvement with the legendary Jimi Hendrix. Miles had met Jimi Hendrix in an earlier time when both were acting as sidemen for other artists in the early 60's. The meeting had occurred in Canada at a show both were participating in. This prefaced a later friendship that would result varied collaborations between the two artists. An extremely busy Hendrix would produce the Buddy Miles Express release, "Electric Church" in 1969. There was obvious public curiosity as to whether the name of the band "Buddy Miles Express" was influenced by Hendrix's act, "Jimi Hendrix Experience". This article contains a trivia section. ...

Soon after, Jimi Hendrix started opening his recording style to now include guest artists. And in this mode Hendrix was working in, Buddy Miles quite naturally was invited to participate. 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". Electric Ladyland is a rock album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released in 1968 (1968 in music). ...

Soon after the release of this groundbreaking album, he would join Hendrix in a short lived band called "Band of Gypsys". One of the notable features of this band was the fact that all of the players were black. This was a first for Hendrix as an international recording star but his choice of players resulted from musical preferences and not racial ones according to all published sources concerning the act. Recordings with Miles show a more soulful style of Hendrix playing than with his all white backing act, "Jimi Hendrix Experience". This act, "Band of Gypsys" was based in New York City where Hendrix was spending the majority of his time. Hendrix, who was tangled in legal litigation concerning contracts he had signed in the past prior to his becoming internationally recognized, was required to release a record to the Capitol Records label as part of the agreement in court. This fact led to the live recording of his collaboration with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox. The Band of Gypsys made a famous and enduring live album that was recorded in New York's Fillmore East on New Year's Eve 1969/70. However during a follow up performance a month later, Hendrix had a minor, drug-related meltdown on stage and Miles was fired by Hendrix manager, Michael Jeffery. Billy Cox is most known for being Jimi Hendrixs bassist. ... Fillmore East was promoter Bill Grahams rock palace in the East Village area of New York City. ... Michael Jeffery (died March 5, 1973) was a music business manager of the 1960s who is best known for his management of British band The Animals and American guitarist-composer Jimi Hendrix, whom he co-managed for a time with former Animals bassist Chas Chandler. ...

Miles continued to work with Hendrix during early and mid 1970 after his "Jimi Hendrix Experience" had failed to reform to record. Miles would share recording studio drumming duties on songs that would appear on records released after Hendrix's September 1970 death such as "Cry of Love" and the controversial "Crash Landing" produced by Alan Douglas.


Buddy Miles went on to produce other records under his own name. A song he had written and recorded with the Band of Gypsys, "Them Changes" was again recorded by Miles with his own band on a release soon after Hendrix's passing on Mecury Records. By this time Miles had dropped the "Buddy Miles Express" act name and shortened it to just his own name, Buddy Miles. That band included bassist David Hull (who would go on to work with Joe Perry of Aerosmith) and guitarist Charlie Karp. The same band would release a live album entitled "Live" which again included his by now signature song, "Them Changes". Miles would see the song released yet a fourth time on a collaborative live record he made with none other than Carlos Santana. This particular version was particularly notable for its intense energy, horn lines and blazing guitar work supplied by a very young and energetic Santana. Miles would then go on to be signed by the 70's-80's ear record label, Casablanca Records, best known for their rock act KISS. Miles' work for the label included the excellent album released under his own name, "Bicentennial Gathering Of The Tribes". It would include on its liner notes a quote from President John F Kennedy concerning the American Indians. That quote would include the line "When we neglect the heroic past of the American Indian, we thereby weaken our own heritage". This was interesting in relationship to his former friendship and collaborations with Jimi Hendrix who, in fact, had much American Indian blood in his family line. Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. ... JFK redirects here. ...

It should not go unmentioned that part of Miles' appeal as a rock musician was his physical appearance. He drew many stares and smiles as he held court from the drumset in the Electric Flag days, with his American flag or sequined shirts, his high-brushed Afro, and his massive frame and smile. Buddy was an eyeful for the hippies and concertgoers of the day. Woman with an afro at the Tribeca Film Festival For the Italian painter known as Afro, see Afro Basaldella. ...

California Raisins

In 1986 Miles performed vocals for the California Raisins claymation ad campaign, most notably singing I Heard It Through the Grapevine and was also lead vocals on two California Raisins albums featuring 1960's R&B covers. In 1986 and 1987, after spending the late 1970s and early 1980s incarcerated for drug charges, he also rejoined Carlos Santana as a vocalist on Santana's album Freedom. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The California Raisins are a fictional rhythm and blues musical group made up of four anthropomorphized raisins. ... The term Claymation is a registered trademark created by Will Vinton Studios to describe their clay animated movies; the more generic term is clay animation, but the portmanteau claymation has entered the English language as a genericized trademark. ... I Heard It through the Grapevine is a R&B/soul song written by Motown songwriter Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ...

Buddy Miles was seen in the Hendrix-family-owned, official video release The Making of Electric Ladyland on Rhino Records. That video featured interviews with the majority of players who were involved in recording the legendary Hendrix album. Miles even went as far as to be video recorded playing his same drum tracks yet again in the studio to the original multi-track recordings of Hendrix. In 1999 Miles appeared on the late Bruce Cameron's album, Midnight Daydream that included other Hendrix alumni Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell along with Jack Bruce and others. In 2004 Miles reunited yet again with Billy Cox of the Band of Gypsys to re-record songs from the original live album of 1970 with a trio of guitarists that included Eric Gale who had gained fame on his own already. Buddy Miles continues to be active musically and performs selected shows with proceeds going to help support victims of natural disasters and other noble causes. Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... Bruce Cameron (1955-1999) was a mysterious guitarist who managed to attract an illustrious cast of legendary rock n roll legends to record his 1999 debut and final album, Midnight Daydream. The unlikely cast of supporting great musicians for this seemingly lost album released on Brain Cell Records, North Carolina... Midnight Daydream is an album by Bruce Cameron, released in 1999. ...

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Buddy Miles Live! (1402 words)
As far as Buddy's "failing" health-- he just has a back problem, that is why he "walks" in a wheelchair (from an accident), that will be fixed.
Buddy arranged to have concerts in Seattle, Santa Monica and Bakersfield recorded; the results of which are heard on this magnificent 2 LP set.
Buddy also appeared in our 'hood during that tour (1/23/01 at Harry's Bar and Grill here) when he'd entered the stage area in a wheelchair; with obvious failing health, and the crowd roared.
Buddy Miles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (359 words)
Buddy Miles is the stage name of musician George Miles, who was born September 5, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Most widely known as the drummer for Jimi Hendrix's ill-fated Band of Gypsys, Miles is also the vocalist for The California Raisins commercials.
Buddy was an eyeful for the hippies and concertgoers of the day.
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