Published on May 10th, 2013 | by Alan Cross


Paul McCartney Was Asked to Join Jimi Hendrix’s Supergroup

Here’s a historical factoid that I’d never heard before:  before he died in 1970, Jimi Hendrix extended an invitation to Paul McCartney to play bass in a new group he was in the process of forming.

The invitation came in the form of a telegram that Hendrix sent to Macca through the Beatles’ Apple Records office on London. The date on the telegram is October 21, 1969:

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

Miles Davis?  Jazz drummer Tony Williams?  What would this band have sounded like?

Sadly, McCartney was a bit busy with his other band and couldn’t make the session.  Damn, huh?

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to Paul McCartney Was Asked to Join Jimi Hendrix’s Supergroup

  1. Justin says:

    Telegrams were the Twitter of 1969.

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