Buddy Miles
September 5, 1945 - February 26, 2008
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Buddy Miles...
George Miles, 5 September 1945, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. A teenage prodigy, this powerful, if inflexible, drummer was a veteran of several touring revues prior to his spell with soul singer Wilson Pickett.

In 1967, Miles joined the Electric Flag at the behest of guitarist Mike Bloomfield, whose subsequent departure left the drummer in control.

Although the band collapsed in the wake of a disappointing second album, Miles retained its horn section for his next venture, the Buddy Miles Express. This exciting unit also included former Mitch Ryder guitarist Jim McCarthy. Their first album, Expressway To Your Skull, was full of driving, electric soul rhythms that had the blessing of Jimi Hendrix, who produced the album and wrote the sleeve notes.

In 1969, Miles joined Jimi Hendrix in the ill-fated Band Of Gypsies. The drummer then continued his own career with the Buddy Miles Band and the rumbustious Them Changes album, the title track of which was a minor US hit. As an integral part of the artist's career, the song was not only featured on Band Of Gypsies, but provided one of the highlights of Miles' 1972 collaboration with Carlos Santana, which was recorded live in an extinct Hawaiian volcano. Having participated in an ill-fated Electric Flag reunion, the drummer continued his prolific rock/soul output with a variety of releases.

Despite enjoying a seemingly lower profile during the 80s, Miles was the guiding musical force behind the successful California Raisins, a cartoon band inspired by television advertising.

In the mid-90s Miles reappeared with an accomplished album on Rykodisc Records that included his interpretations of "All Along The Watchtower" and "Born Under A Bad Sign". Blues Berries featured guitarist Rocky Athas.

R.I.P: Buddy Miles...
February 26, 2008: Buddy Miles died on Tuesday at his home in Austin, Tex. He was 60. He had been battling congestive heart disease.





















Buddy Miles - Jimmy Aeby - Switzerland



























































...from Buddy Miles
Hello fellow drummers and Drummerworld:

This is Buddy Miles saying thank you for all your support.

I am honored and humble to have been and still am creating, writing and recording music today.

I have played with some of the most talented musicians ever, and what a pleasure it is and was to experiment, create and feel the commraderie between true musicians...

Much love and peace
Buddy Miles










performed with:

Jimi Hendrix
The Buddy Miles Express
John McLaughlin
Billy Cox
Mitch Mitchell
Michael Bloomfield
Carlos Santana
Herbie Rich
Jim McCarty
Andre Lewis
Stemsy Hunter
Bob Hogins
Marcus Doubleday
Noel Redding
Charlie Karp
Johnny Winter
Larry Young
Al Kooper
Toby Wynn
Roland Robinson
Robert Musso
Eddie Hoh
Randy Jo Hobbs
California Raisins
Electric Flag
Hardware
Band of Gypsies
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Express
Bruce Cameron
Funkadelic
Thre Man Army
Greg Allman

....and many more