As Jimi Hendrix’s bizarre character and virtuosic guitar playing beguiled audiences across the world at Woodstock Festival and Monterrey Pop Festival, the former mop- haired Beatle Paul McCartney was busy charming girls through his honey- sweet vocals and “boy next door” vibe. Meanwhile, Miles Davis was busy extending his sonic palette to include the psychedelic eccentricities in Bitches Brew.
Yet oddly enough all three musicians had the chance of spending some time in the studio together to record what would have been a record ahead of its time. Yet due to unfortunate circumstances, this case is only left as a burning “what if” in musical history. While Hendrix’s free- flowing textures of improvisation became more redolent of Davis’ jazz fusion in Bitches Brew it should come to no surprise that the two were actually very close to recording together.
However, a piece of memorabilia in Prague’s Hard Rock Cafe shows that they also wanted to recruit Paul McCartney’s pop sensibilities in the prospective supergroup. The telegram says: “We are recording and LP this weekend. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alan Douglas 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams.”
View the telegram above, and read about the whole story here while whistfully crying and brooding over Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland.