Supergroup of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Paul McCartney was planned in 1969, but McCartney was on holiday

Supergroup of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Paul McCartney was planned in 1969, but McCartney was on holiday

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A mythical telegram sent from Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and his drummer Tony Williams asking Paul McCartney to play bass on a recording they were making in 1969 has resurfaced.

On 21st October 1969 a telegram was sent to McCartney at The Beatles’ label Apple Records in London. It read (including typo): “We are recording and LP together this weekend. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alan Douglas 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams.”

While it’s fairly common knowledge that Davis and Hendrix were often close to recording together – Davis was pioneering jazz-fusion and taking his music in a rockier direction, while Hendrix’s psychedelic jams were getting longer, freer and decidedly more improvised – the confirmation that Beatle Paul McCartney would have played bass is seriously tantalising.

Currently displayed in the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague, the stained telegram also includes a reply from McCartney’s aid Peter Brown, saying that the Beatle was on holiday in Scotland and wouldn’t be back for a few weeks, thus consigning the session to the dustbin of music history’s biggest “what-ifs”. [via Telegraph]

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