Buddy Miles: 9/5/47 – 2/26/08

Buddy Miles: 9/5/47 – 2/26/08

Hendrix & Miles
Legendary drummer George "Buddy" Miles passed away peacefully and quietly last night (Tuesday February 26) at his home in Austin, TX. Buddy will be greatly missed as a wonderful person and as a truly gifted musician. Miles rose to fame as drummer for Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys. Although Band of Gypsys was short lived, the gig led to a very prosperous career finding Miles working with Carlos Santana, David Bowie, George Clinton and more.

The Miles family asks for your prayers and that you respect their privacy. A tribute show will be announced within a short period of time and all are welcome to come and share in the magic that was Buddy Miles.


[Published on: 2/27/08]

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HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/27/2008 03:49PM
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Well I travel at the speed of a reborn man

I got a lot of love to give

From the mirrors of my hand

I sent a message of love

Dont you run away

Look at your heart baby

Come on along with me today

Well I am what I am thank god

Some people just dont understand

Well help them god

Find yourselef first

And then your tool

Find yourself first

Dont you be no fool

Here comes a woman

Wrapped up in chan

Messin with that fool baby

Your life is pain

If you wanna be free

Come on along with me

Dont mess with the man

Hell never understand

I said find yourself first

And then your talent

Work hard in your mind

So you can come alive

You beter prove to the man

Youre as strong as him

Cause in the eyes of god

Youre both children to him

Da da doo doo

Everybody come alive

Everybody live alive

Everybody love alive

Everybody hear my message


sunnbear Wed 2/27/2008 03:53PM
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I had the pleasure of meeting Buddy quite a few years ago in a little bar in Belmont, CA. He was fronting a band called "Bucket of Blues". Between sets, I bought him a cocktail and he mezmorized me with a few stories of the old days with Jimi. He was a very genuine and humble person. I left the bar that night feeling as if I had spent the evening talking to an old friend. I am definately saddened by this news. RIP Buddy. You left your mark on me and, I'm certain, many others.

sbittman Wed 2/27/2008 04:04PM
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Anybody else at the Gathering of the Vibes in 2002? We love you Jimi!!!!!

adventuresinperception Wed 2/27/2008 04:08PM
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so sorry to hear such sad news. buddy was a true shredder. his album with santana live in 1971 is truly a brilliant piece a music. But as the man once sang, "my mind is goin through them changes"

bigfro Wed 2/27/2008 04:08PM
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God Bless Mr Miles. may he travel safely

gibsonguy starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/27/2008 04:28PM
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iamseancarney Wed 2/27/2008 04:43PM
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RIP Buddy, you were the best.

Dgold starstarstar Wed 2/27/2008 05:13PM
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Rest In Peace, and keep jamming Buddy Miles!

ATTENTION FANS -- There is a bit torrent live show of PHISH WITH BUDDY MILES playing "All Along The Watchtower" from MSG in NYC, 10-22-96.

Look for the show on bt.etree.org

TimCorcoran Wed 2/27/2008 05:30PM
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Band of Gyspys-"Them Changes" was the first song that hooked me to Buddy,,

(((Thanks for the music Buddy)))

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Wed 2/27/2008 05:51PM
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Buddy thanks for the music you gave us

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/27/2008 07:45PM
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hell yeah I was at the GOTV 2002, some of the illest shit my eyes have witnessed

funkzone Wed 2/27/2008 07:57PM
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I loved the band of gypsies, but had no idea about Duke and Count Basie. It's really a shame when such legends go unspoken in the music biz. Being a bass player myself, I recoginize the fact that they often get stepped upon and cast aside. I recently saw George Porter Jr. from the Meters in a local bar that wasn't even close to being sold out. I was fortunate enough to have a pretty lengthy conversation with, who in my opinion, is one of the greatest living bassists/of all time. You can take all the glam, the groupies, and the money & shove it where ever you'd like- just give me funk & keep it real!!! (I'm sure bird parker would probably agree)

mgizmo Wed 2/27/2008 08:13PM
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Looks like Buddy Miles has gone through some more of Dem Changes. Farewell and I hope Jimi is there to greet you at the gate. You sure brought me lots of smiles.

Stardog2012 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/27/2008 08:54PM
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that 10/22/96 Phish show @ MSG was my 27th Earth birthday and when Buddy and Merl came out for that Watchtower, it totally blew my mind in the best way! Friends of both Jimi and Jerry representing for my b-day, embodying my own personal holy trinity of guitarists, siriusly awesome! We heard they were playing at a club called Manny's Carwash afterward, and we were skeptical of the name, but we found it uptown! No Phish members showed, but Buddy and Merl threw down a lengthy couple sets of great music to keep the party going... my phriend Christina disappeared during setbreak and when she got back she said she had been sitting on Buddy's lap smoking a fatty, hehe... RIP Buddy, Band of Gypsies remains some of the greatest music created on this planet! Thank you!

ganjjjj star Wed 2/27/2008 09:31PM
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funkzone - you haven't heard that because its not true. Buddy Miles never played the bass for any of those people. In fact if he did play the bass for Charlie Parker he would have had to do it before he was 8 years old because he was born in 1947 and Charlie Parker died in 1955.

Buddy's father, George Sr., of the band The BeBops, had played upright bass with Count Basie, Charlie Parker, etc. Buddy got his start playing in his father's band.

More quality jambase reporting.

lemak91 Wed 2/27/2008 10:40PM
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I've got a crazy story bout this guy...

my dads down in new orleans on a business meeting and he decides to get a bite to eat at the house of blues. my dad arrives there and realized that buddy miles is there getting ready for a show that night. so my dad goes and introduces himself and ends up becoming friend with him. a couple weeks later, after my dad had got back from his trip, buddy and my dad come strolling in my house one night at 1 in the morning. buddy wakes my whole family by playing my piano. one of the nights i wont forget.

ScIFreak Thu 2/28/2008 03:31AM
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^^^^ coolest story ever

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the best drummer to ever play with Jimmy..

we will miss you Buddy!!!!

alltimepanic starstar Thu 2/28/2008 03:55AM
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rip buddy..remember those nights of Manny's car wash, we will!

Waneegoer Thu 2/28/2008 06:26AM
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Eric and Steve Winwood played Them Changes at the Garden on Monday night and it was the first time I'd heard the song in a real long while. With Buddy on vocals instead of Jimi, it was one of the songs that really stuck out for me from the Fillmore East performance of Jimi with the Band of Gypsys. RIP Buddy

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 07:22AM
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RIP Buddy. You finally get a chance to jam with your old army buddy again. You were greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

AmshMisfit starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 08:23AM
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Norm2 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 08:36AM
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I had the pleasure of seeing Buddy twice in the early 70's, once at Charlotte Coliseum (NC) opening for Deep Purple and also at Atlanta Pop Festival with Hendrix' Band of Gypsies. In the former show, the most memorable point of the evening, apart from hearing "Them Changes" (!) was his exhortation to people to get off their backsides and enjoy the show. Indeed, everyone should. Electric Flag was a great band as well, never saw them but I wore out my 8-track of their first album. A great man, the embodiment of soul.

bbqribs starstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 09:15AM
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A few months ago Buddy Miles played the Knotty Pine in Idaho. It was a tough show to watch but Buddy pulled it out telling stories of the "old days" and radiating positivity even though he was in a wheel chair and had spent the previous night in the hospital. I will never forget the show. I am also proud to have a great picture of him beneath the huge Jimi poster in the green room. Thanks for everything Buddy you will be missed.

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 01:11PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

God bless you Buddy. You will be missed. This dude was a true man of the drums. His album with Santana rules!!! Go get it and get some of his solo albums while your at it too.

Matthew Jaworski starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 06:00PM
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Matthew Jaworski

Take care, Buddy. You were one funky mutha.

Minnasoda starstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 11:03PM
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RIP Buddy, you're rhythm will live on forever.....

Road To Shambala Wed 3/5/2008 09:08AM
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Road To Shambala

Go listen to Buddy and Carlos Santana disc now. Free Form Funkafide Filth. One of the BEST james ever.

RIP Buddy!!

Deadhead74 Sun 3/9/2008 04:03AM
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RIP Buddy! Now you can play w/ Hendrix again.