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Army Buddies from the 101st Airborne

So here we have two members of the 101st Airborne band, bass player Billy Cox and his buddy, James Hendrix.  After the army and a lot of other experiences, Hendrix formed a new group, Band of Gypys, with his old army  friend Billy Cox on bass and drummer Buddy Miles.  A version of that played Woodstock, and then, Hendrix’s last album before he died was a live record from the Fillmore East, Band of Gypsys.  It was one of my earliest album purchases.

The songs that most stuck in my head were “Machine Gun,” and “Hear My Train a’ Comin.”

Some time in the 70s, a documentary about Hendrix came to the Ritz theater in Oxford, and a 12 string accoustic version of “Hear My Train a’Comin” took my breath away; I didn’t hear it again till the YouTube era, but didn’t forget it.

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