"We met in this sleazy little club, and [Jimi Hendrix] was this guy in a Burberry raincoat. We did some Chuck Berry and took it from there. I suppose it worked." These are the humble words of former Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell, who passed away on Wednesday (Nov. 12) at the age of 62. Mitchell joined the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, and stuck with the mercurial guitarist for three extremely productive years.
Widely regarded as one of the best drummers of the ‘60s, Mitchell played on some of the greatest albums of all time (Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold as Love) and performed with Hendrix at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival. All three members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience are now no longer with us–bass player Noel Redding died in 2003.
Mitchell leaves behind an incredible legacy, and continued to promote the music he made with Hendrix right up until his death. The drummer had just finished a celebrity-packed jaunt titled the 2008 Experience Hendrix tour, which came to a close just five days before his death. He was found in a Portland hotel room on Wednesday after apparently dying of natural causes.