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1969: Hendrix Invites McCartney to Join Super Group

From the “Did You Know?” files: In 1969, Jimi Hendrix was known to have jammed informally with Miles Davis. It is also known that Hendrix was looking to expand his horizons musically. What isn’t as well known is that plans were already in place to make a move. Apparently in October of 1969, Hendrix, Davis, and drummer Tony Williams were planning to record an album with producer Alan Douglas. In fact, the trio sent a telegram to Beatles bassist Paul McCartney asking him to join the group. The text of the telegram, preserved at the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague since it was purchased in 1995, reads,

“We are recording and LP together this weekend in NewYork [sic]. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alvan [sic] Douglas 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams.”

McCartney did not respond to the telegram himself — he was on vacation — and it is not sure whether he was even aware of the invitation. Regardless, it was a difficult time for McCartney, right at the height of the “Paul is dead” rumors. He was also still locked into the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership, which would have made co-writing with the “super group” difficult, although Lennon had already performed outside the Beatles with Clapton and drummer Alan White and released two solo albums (Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions and The Wedding Album). George Harrison had already released two albums by this time (Wonderwall Music and Electronic Sound) and was headed out on tour with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.

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