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The legendary The Jimi Hendrix Experience power trio, featuring Noel Redding on bass, alongside Hendrix and Mitchell, rocked the 1960s music scene like a bomb. But Redding’s desire for creative control ignited tensions, ultimately leading to his departure. Their story highlights the dynamic intersection of musical genius and personal aspirations.

What Happened Between Jimi Hendrix And Noel Redding?

While Redding wanted to play guitar, he was hired as a bassist due to his look and ability to grasp the bass lines. For almost 3 years, Noel Redding embraced the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but tensions brewed. Redding desired more creative input and to contribute his songs, but the management by the hand of Michael Jeffery, focused solely on Hendrix. Despite recording his song “Little Miss Strange,” Redding’s aspirations were often overlooked. He became frustrated with Hendrix’s meticulous recording process and his own desire for more rest.

Redding’s resentment grew as he felt muted. He disliked the entourage Hendrix brought to studio sessions, Jimi Hendrix often invited fellow musicians and collaborators to his place to record music. His home was often a creative hub where he could experiment and jam with others. This informal and relaxed environment often led to some of his most iconic and innovative recordings. But Redding was resented about this sessions and begun considering it a departure from the power trio format.

Noel Redding and Jimi Hendrix having a good time.
Noel Redding and Jimi Hendrix having a good time.
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The Day the Jimi Hendrix Experience Broke Up

Noel Redding left after the Denver Pop Festival, feeling excluded from decisions about the band’s future. He learned of Hendrix’s plans through a journalist, which prompted his departure. Without consulting Redding, Hendrix announced that he intended to expand the group. Redding responded by quitting the Experience during the American tour on 29 June 1969, and returned to England.

Other Facts About Noel Redding And Jimi Hendrix

Although Hendrix formed a different group after, like the short lived Band of Gypsys and The Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, critics continue to believe that the best work from him is in the Experience.

Redding observed Hendrix’s funeral and grieved the departure of a musical legend. Despite any disparities they may have had, he acknowledged the sorrow of Hendrix’s untimely demise. In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an integral part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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