Buddy Miles - Them Changes (Album Cover Art) - Framed Print - 16"H x 16"W
A 16"H x 16"W" framed print of Them Changes Album Cover Art
George Allen Miles, Jr, known professionally as Buddy Miles, was an American rock drummer, vocalist, composer, and producer. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag, a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band.
In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles played and recorded with Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield, and others. He also sang lead vocals on the popular "California Raisins" claymation TV commercials and recorded two California Raisins R&B albums.
During a one-off charity event for the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam committee, Hendrix had a minor meltdown on stage. Speculations include a possibly drug-related meltdown on stage, as well as an act of sabotage on the part of a very frustrated manager, Michael Jeffery. Jeffery was not a fan of the Band of Gypsys, which was claimed as fact by Miles.
Miles had this to say about the incident years later, stating: "Jeffery slipped [Jimi] two half-tabs of acid on stage as he went on... [Jimi] just freaked out. I told Jeffery he was an out-and-out complete idiot... One of the biggest reasons why Jimi is dead is because of that guy."
Miles and Jeffery already had a strained relationship eventually, as Jeffery was always uncomfortable with Hendrix's and Miles' close friendship. After this one-off charity event, Jeffery told Miles that he was fired and the Band of Gypsys was no more. Although, Cox, and presumably Miles as well, had already been paid off as full-time salaried employees with a $1,000 bonus for their services the week before.