2013. (1966) “You’ve Got To Earn It”. Fleur De Lys.

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2013. (1966) “You’ve Got To Earn It”. Fleur De Lys.

Acid Jazz Records just released this CD of a band I played piano in for a while back in 1966, Eng­land. I’m sec­ond from the left on the cov­er pho­to. Singer, gui­tarist Phil Sawyer stand­ing in the back sec­ond from the right next to drum­mer Kei­th Guster, left the band to replace Ste­vie Wind­wood in the Spencer Davies Band. We hung out with Jimi Hen­drix for a while in Eric Burdon’s kitchen…Chas Chan­dler of the Ani­mals had just brought him over from the USA. He seemed like a cool fel­low… unas­sum­ing and relaxed. We were record­ing the “Impres­sions” song “Amen” in Lon­don at the time and Jimi came down to add some gui­tar. Unfor­tu­nate­ly it was nev­er released…and nobody knows where the acetate is. Jimi soon start­ed the “Expe­ri­ence” and in 1967 sat in with Sam Gopal, Mick Hutchin­son and me in the next band I played with “Sam Gopal Dream”. In 1969 Mitch Mitchell asked me to play bass in a band he was get­ting together…but I came to the USA for the first time instead. Mitch was a fan­tas­tic drum­mer and a won­der­ful person…and Jimi, well what can I say.

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