Paul McCartney Turned Down Supergroup Offer From Jimi Hendrix

Guitar god Jimi Hendrix died in the autumn of 1970, but for a brief period the Seattle psychedelic rocker tried to start a super group with The BeatlesPaul McCartney.

In 1969, Hendrix asked McCartney via telegram to join a supergroup with him, jazz pioneer Miles Davis and Davis’ amazing drummer Tony Williams. The telegram was blunt, saying: “We are recording an LP together this weekend in New York stop How about coming in to play bass stop Peace.”

“Ref cable received from Hendrix Davis and Williams. Paul McCartney away from London on holiday not expected to return for two weeks,” replied a Beatles assistant named Peter Brown. Apparently McCartney couldn’t join them and didn’t get the message because he was on vacation.

“It’s amazing because of the names of the people,” said Hendrix historian Yazid Manou. “Of course that didn’t happen, but the telegram brings us something to dream about. This is a document, proof that they had an idea to do an album.”

Of course, we all know that idea never panned out along with later plans for Hendrix to work with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

“At first, though, it sounds really weird and off the wall,” said Hendrix biographer Charles Shaar Murray. “But on second thought it makes perfect, Hendrix-type sense to chuck in someone who’s a great musician but comes from a different tradition.”

“I regret this never actually took place. … it would have been magnificent.”

–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles


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