R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died on Wedesday. I've spent all morning looking for this live performance of the band playing "Manic Depression" on a British TV show back in the '60s but I just cannot find it. I know it's out there somewhere, because one day a couple of years ago I spent about an hour watching it over and over and over and over again. I know that when Buddy Miles passed away in February I said that "Band of Gypsys" has always been my favorite Hendrix album, and while that's true, "Manic Depression" has always been my favorite song. And it has nothing to do with Jimi's gutiar playing and everything to do with Mitch Mitchell's driving, rolling playing. Forget air guitar -- this was a song that begs for air drums. Perhaps you've seen me doing just that in Galaxy Hut after playing it on the bar's jukebox.

Every time you see one of those "rock-and-roll supergroups in heaven" lists, Jimi's always on there. Hopefully, Keith and Bonzo will let Mitch take his deserved turn behind the kit.

By David Malitz |  November 13, 2008; 2:27 PM ET Passings
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Mitch Mitchell died, but 97-year-old Mitch Miller = still alive!

Posted by: Ronnie76 | November 14, 2008 12:18 PM

As a young black kid hooked on R&B in the late sixties my twin brother introduced me to the Jimi Hendrix Experience it took a little getting used to but when i listened to the "wind cries mary" "foxy lady" "wait until tommorow" etc. i was hooked and have been for years i own his boxed set and several greatest hit cd's Jimi Hendrix stays on my cd rotation along with James Brown and others.Mitch Mitchell was the missing link in the group an excellent musician, he collaberated on several Hendrix hits, he will be missed.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 15, 2008 3:14 PM

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