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Legendary Jimi Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell Dead at 61

In hippie scene, music, obituaries, television on November 13, 2008 by Editor Z


Jimi Hendrix (right), bassist Noel Redding, (left), and Drummer Mitch Mitchell (in the middle).

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Legendary Drummer and the last surviving band member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience was discovered dead today. Like his two fellow band mates they revolutionized the world of music with their brand of acid Rock. Like Hendrix himself, they may all be dead now, but their music will live on.

Yahoo News:

PORTLAND, Ore. – Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and the group’s last surviving member, was found dead in his hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.

Mitchell was a powerful force on “Are You Experienced?” the 1967 debut album of the Hendrix band. He had an explosive drumming style that can be heard in hard-charging songs such as “Fire” and “Manic Depression.”

The Englishman had been drumming for the Experience Hendrix Tour, which performed Friday in Portland. It was the last stop on the West Coast part of the tour.

Hendrix died in 1970. Noel Redding, bass player for the trio, died in 2003.

An employee at Portland’s Benson Hotel called police after discovering Mitchell’s body.

Erin Patrick, a deputy medical examiner, said Mitchell apparently died of natural causes. An autopsy was planned.



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