Friday, February 05, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Buddy Miles

Artist:Buddy Miles
Song:Them Changes
Album:Them Changes

George Allen "Buddy" Miles Jr. is probably one of the most talented guys you never heard of. Best known as the drummer in Jimi Hendrix' Band Of Gypsies, Miles also recorded some great albums of his own. Them Changes is his signature song. He was born September 5, 1947 in Omaha. His father played bass. Miles learned the drums at age 9 and spent his teen years playing in his dad's band. His aunt named him after Buddy Rich. Miles started out as a sideman, most notably with Wilson Pickett. He first met Jimi Hendrix in 1964. In 1967, guitarist Mike Bloomfield hired Miles for his new band The Electric Flag. They had success but didn't stay together long. Then Miles played on the Hendrix album Electric Ladyland. He formed Buddy Miles Express and he recorded two albums for Mercury. When that band split up, Miles joined Hendrix' Band Of Gypsies. He left after one album and then he recorded Them Changes with producer Steve Cropper. This would turn out to be Miles' most successful album. And Them Changes became his signature song. Miles also recorded with John McLaughlin and he recorded and toured with Carlos Santana. In the 80s, Miles was lead singer of The California Raisins. Miles recorded with various bands until his death on Feb. 26, 2008 at age 60. Buddy Miles' legacy is he was a badass drummer who could play anything. Here's Buddy Miles performing Them Changes on Playboy After Dark 1970.

1 comment:

  1. I remember listening to "Them Changes" by Buddy Miles way back in the 90's it was the first time I heard his song. I cranked it up on my radio!! He was very good and talented.