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Old 05-14-03, 06:54 AM
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Noel Redding, former bassist for Jimi Hendrix, dead at 57....

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Dublin — Noel Redding, bass player for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience from its formation in 1966 through its dissolution three years later, has died. He was 57.

Redding was found dead Monday at his home in the town of Clonakilty in southern Ireland, his manager, Ian Grant, said Tuesday. An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.

“Noel was an extremely gentle and gracious soul. He had a kind of chivalry and nobility about him and he was kind to everyone bar none, people and animals alike,” said Deborah McNaughton, his longtime partner.

Chas Chandler, a former bassist for The Animals who became a rock manager, recruited Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell to form the Experience with Hendrix in England.

The band produced three groundbreaking albums of psychedelic rock — Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland.

The group broke up in 1969 before the famed Woodstock appearance by Hendrix, who died the next year from choking on his vomit after taking sleeping pills and drinking wine.

Redding wrote two Experience songs: She’s So Fine and Little Miss Strange.

Born Dec. 25, 1945, in the English Channel port city of Folkestone, Redding played with the Modern Jazz Group and the Loving Kind before joining the Experience.

He has said that his greatest achievement was playing the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, where the Experience made its American debut and Hendrix lit his guitar on fire, and the band’s 1992 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

After the breakup of the Experience, Redding formed his own band, Fat Mattress, which released a 1969 album of the same name, followed by Fat Mattress 2 in 1970. Both were rereleased as a set in 2000.

Later, he formed the Noel Redding Band, which recorded Clonakilty Cowboys in 1975 and Blowin' in 1976. Other recordings included On Tour in 2001 and last year’s Live From Bunkr-Prague.

In 1990, Redding and Mitchell each published books about their experiences.

“Jimi’s death was the most lucrative act of his sad career,” Redding wrote in Are You Experienced? in which he alleged that the Hendrix estate owed him money.

In February, Redding threatened to sue Experience Hendrix, the company that manages the Hendrix catalogue, for up to $5 million in lost earnings. The estate rejected the claim.

On Tuesday, the Experience Hendrix Web site mourned Redding’s death, saying, “His contributions to the Jimi Hendrix Experience shall never be forgotten.”

The Noel Redding Bass Guitar Method was published last year in the United States by Carl Fischer Music.

Redding played most Friday nights for the last 20 years at De Barra, a local pub, Grant said, often with his friends John Coughlin from Status Quo and Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy.

Redding had no children. A funeral was planned for the weekend in Clonakilty.


Damn, this sucks, he was one of my favorite bassists too. RIP.
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Old 05-14-03, 07:03 AM
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Bummer! RIP
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Only one reply? No love for one of the greatest bassists in the world?
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Well, look like no one even heard of Noel Redding or no one cares.............
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I am actually surprised that he was only 57.
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Well Redding was a teenager when he played bass for the Hendrix Experience.
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I've always felt that Jimi, Mitch, and Noel together were just f'ing incredible. Tight as hell. T'is a shame indeed. Especially cool that he jammed at the pub on Friday nights.
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Only one reply? No love for one of the greatest bassists in the world?
just because he played bass with Hendrix it doesnt make him the GREATEST bass player in the world
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I am actually surprised that he was only 57.
Same here. Sad to see another one going to the great gig in the sky. My wife mentioned this the other day and she had no idea who he was (she did recognize Jimi's name )
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Originally posted by Deke Rivers
just because he played bass with Hendrix it doesnt make him the GREATEST bass player in the world
I know that.

I like Redding for his unique style of bass playing, he is a really amazing bassist, I had heard some of his other work outside of Hendrix.

He is a great bassist, not just because he played with Hendrix.
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Nevermind him Rocky... you never said he was THE greatest anyway... you said he was ONE of the greatest. I love this forum - we turn even obit threads into spinning, semantic debates.
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Yeah you're right, I did say "One of the greatest...", there is a big difference between "The Greatest" and "One of the greatest".

It's funny on how people don't pay attention before they post.
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He was awesome. RIP.
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...but dead 5 years ago
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He was awesome. RIP.

hmmm....

However, more recently, Buddy Miles, drummer for Hendrix's Band of Gypsys died a couple a weeks ago. He was 60
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I hate to speak ill of the dead, but Buddy Miles was never worthy of playing with Hendrix. He just was not a good drummer.
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Originally Posted by Mordred
...but dead 5 years ago
When the article said he was born in 1945 and the thread title said "57" - I nearly broke my brain trying to figure the math. It's too late on Friday for that kind of confusion.
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RIP, Noel. I loved the Experience!
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A little late on the RIPs. This thread is 5 years old!
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LOL oops...I swear to God I didn't bump this thread. It was at the top when I looked.
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