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The Beatles, The Blues & Jimi Hendrix Experience

Updated on April 23, 2019
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James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with three non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

The Beatles Music

The Beatles music has been purchased by more people than that of any other musical artist in history. The Beatles introduced me to rock n roll. It was seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show that made me want to be a musician.

The Beatles music was recorded from 1962 to 1970. The band stopped performing live after 1966, both because of the near riots at their concerts and because they couldn't hear themselves play over the screaming of their fans. They had done 1400 live shows in four years.

The Beatles music was heavily influenced by their manager, Brian Epstein, and even more so by their incredibly talented producer, George Martin. When Brian Epstein died in 1967 of a suicidal overdose of drugs, the Beatles slowly began to fall apart. Epstein was the glue that held them together.

The musicians who most influenced the Beatles music were Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. John Lennon and Paul McCartney composed and sang the vast majority of the Beatles songs. One of this pair would come up with the genesis of a song and the other would polish and finish it. Without question, these two are the most successful songwriting combination in history. Lennon was more edgy and surreal; McCartney more melodic and harmonic. Both married ugly women. (This always baffled me, since they could have had any woman they wanted.)

All four members of the band had a hand in writing and singing the Beatles music. Paul McCartney played the bass guitar; Ringo Starr played the drums. Both are still living. George Harrison, guitarist, died of cancer in 2001. John Lennon, guitars and keyboards, was assassinated by a crazy "fan" in 1980.

THE BEATLES
THE BEATLES

'Revolution' by the Beatles

'Revolution' by the Beatles started out as a John Lennon idea. Lennon was against the violence he was witnessing coming from the radical leftist students of that time, and 'Revolution' was meant to rebuke violence and communism.

'Revolution' was first released on the 'B' side of the single 'Hey Jude.' Student radicals branded 'Revolution' a betrayal, with one critic stating it is a "lamentable petty bourgeois cry of fear."

My rock n roll band, White Summer, was secretly recorded playing 'Revolution' on a simple cassette deck during a live performance. Below is a link to a video made of that performance.

T-BONE WALKER THE COMPOSER OF 'STORMY MONDAY'
T-BONE WALKER THE COMPOSER OF 'STORMY MONDAY'
STEVE DOUGLAS SINGS 'STORMY MONDAY' BY T-BONE WALKER FOR THE WHITE SUMMER BAND
STEVE DOUGLAS SINGS 'STORMY MONDAY' BY T-BONE WALKER FOR THE WHITE SUMMER BAND

Stormy Monday by T-Bone Walker

'Stormy Monday' is officially titled 'Call It Stormy Monday.' It is one of the greatest blues songs of all time. 'Stormy Monday' was written in 1947 by T-Bone Walker. It has been recorded by over 400 artists, most notably—besides T-Bone Walker—by the Allman Brothers.

T-Bone Walker (1910-1975) is the first blues musician to play the blues on an electric guitar. 'Stormy Monday' is the song B.B. King credits with making him want to play the guitar.

T-Bone Walker is also the first known guitar player to play with his teeth—later made famous by Jimi Hendrix. The parents of T-Bone Walker were both musicians from Texas. T-Bone Walker died of pneumonia after suffering two strokes.

My rock n roll band - White Summer - was recorded playing 'Stormy Monday' live. This is Steve Douglas from Cincinnati singing, Jimmy Schrader from Benton Harbor, Michigan on guitar, Danny Frye from Boston on the keys, and Donnie Brown from "the blues capital of the world" Greenville, Mississippi, plays the bass. Your author, Jim Watkins, provides the drums.

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is widely considered the greatest guitar player in the history of rock n roll music. He was from Seattle, born in 1942. When I met my long-time guitarist, Jimmy Schrader, he used the same instrument that Hendrix used most often: a 1957 Fender Stratocaster amplified by a 200 watt Marshall with six 10" Celestion speakers. Jimi Hendrix played his guitar left-handed, upside down, which produced a unique sound.

Jimi Hendrix was the inspiration for a generation of guitarists in rock n roll music, notably including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Hendrix cited Little Richard and Elvis Presley as his influences. Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, choking on his own vomit after taking nine sleeping pills and drinking red wine all night.

JIMMY SCHRADER PLAYS MUSIC FROM THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE LIKE NOBODY ELSE CAN
JIMMY SCHRADER PLAYS MUSIC FROM THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE LIKE NOBODY ELSE CAN

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a power trio that included the awesome Mitch Mitchell on drums, and the solid Noel Redding on bass guitar. Mitchell and Redding were both treated and paid as sidemen, and therefore did not reap the lucrative benefits of the mammoth record sales by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band recorded and performed from 1966 to 1969.

Mitch Mitchell was the first to bring jazz swing to the drumming of rock n roll music, and was a lead player rather than simply a time-keeper. He died in 2008. Mitchell was voted the 23rd best drummer of all time of any genre.

Noel Redding never played bass in a band before he joined the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was a guitar player by trade. Redding died in 2003 of cirrhosis of the liver.

Mitchell and Redding were fired from the Jimi Hendrix Experience after Jimi Hendrix was harshly criticized by blacks for having two white guys in his band instead of playing with "brothers." No such criticism was leveled at Hendrix for his long string of white women groupies and girlfriends.

THE WHITE SUMMER BAND PLAYS 'PURPLE HAZE' BY JIMI HENDRIX
THE WHITE SUMMER BAND PLAYS 'PURPLE HAZE' BY JIMI HENDRIX

Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

The song 'Purple Haze' was written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. 'Purple Haze' refers to the LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) that was originally produced by Sandoz Laboratories from Switzerland in purple capsules. It is believed that Jimi Hendrix was on LSD when he wrote 'Purple Haze.' However, 'Purple Haze' also can refer to a type of marijuana, noted for is purple buds.

Regardless, 'Purple Haze' was named the 17th best song of all time in rock n roll music by Rolling Stone magazine. My band White Summer was recorded playing our version of 'Purple Haze' live.

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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      marwan asmar— You are quite welcome. It was indeed a unique time.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my Hub. I appreciate your comments.

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      Marwan Asmar 

      7 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thank you for sharing memories. Although I started become aware of the artists in the early 1970s I feel I lived through that unique craze!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Debby Bruck— Thank you very much for visiting my Hub! I appreciate your excellent remarks.

      You saw both The Beatles AND the Jimi Hendrix Experience LIVE!!!

      I must confess I am a bit jealous.

      Not really. I am happy for you. :D

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      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      An Era that we can't bring back. Well written tribute, James. Love Both Beatles and Jimi for their contributions to music. I was fortunate enough to see both of them in NY City as a young teen. Blessings, Debby

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Mark Sparks— I am glad you liked this Hub. The Beatles are indeed "Way beyond compare." :D

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I will check out your Hubs soon. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      Mark Sparks 

      8 years ago from Charlottesville, Virginia

      I liked reading this hub about the music that still makes waves to this day.Especially about the Beatles. The way they looked, the way they sounded..well it was way beyond compare!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Billrrr— You are welcome, my new friend. That boy can sing "Stormy Monday" can't he? And the guitar picker ain't too bad either. The Blind Boy.

      I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to listen my music, brother. I totally agree with you about slowing the blues down. I mean, what is the point of a fast blues tune? It's not sad enough. Based on your recommendation, I am listening to Louis Armstrong's "St James Infirmary" as I type this response. Great stuff!

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      Bill Russo 

      8 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for this great hub and White Summer's 'Stormy Monday'. I will be listening to all the White Summer music that is posted.

      For me the Blues has to be slow to feel right and I love this rendition. Done right, the music has the feel of the hypnotic undulations of a swaying cobra; with a lightning bite at the end. I especially need slow blues on my all time favorite song, "St. James Infirmary". I have listened to scores of versions and even the great Dave Van Ronk and the super Bobby 'Blue' Bland do it too fast. The best ever version, I believe, is Louis Armstrong's original release - made around 1929. It was done as a dirge and is dramatically different and superior to the uptempo sides.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Neil Sperling— You can email me right through HubPages. I'll take an uncritical listen. Thanks!

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      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      LOL -- If I had your email I could send your the mp3 of my song. Like I said though - the recording was done mickey mouse and the band was no where near ready to play it let alone record it. I do have the song poor mans copy written (registered mailed to self) and one day I plan on doing a better recording of it and try to sell it as it is one that has potential. Let me know!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Neil Sperling— I am well pleased you enjoyed our version of "Stormy Monday." Steve Douglas sings that wonderfully, in my opinion. Sings it like he means it.

      Good to hear you are playing the guitar again. Classic Rock is my favorite music, though I listen to everything except Rap. I was just now looking at your profile page again. I was glad to read about your daughter. I've had a similar experince of alienation from my youngest, but now getting back in each others lives. She's 18. A bad case of PAS (parental alienation syndrome).

      Sorry to hear of the passing of your musician friend. "Advanced Campfire." I love it.

      I'd like to hear your song. May I?

      Thank you for reading my Hub and listening to my music. And you are most welcome.

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      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Great Hub. - Love your version of Stormy Monday. I played a little guitar in my teens and early 20's. At that time never advanced past camp fire 3 chord songs. When my ex walked out,(age 42) I picked up the guitar again and started to learn. A dear friend, Garf, who was a very accomplished musician (past away a year ago) taught me a little more and introduced my to blues and jazz. Blues now I have to say is my favorite along with classic rock.

      I'm no where near band quality (I'm told I judge myself to harshly) but I've played a few open jams and played some songs I wrote that have been well received.

      I used to joke and tell my friend Garf I now play advanced camp fire. One of the last times I saw him alive and we played a little he smiled and said "you are now way past advanced camp fire."

      One of my cherished treasures is a recoding of a song I wrote with Garf and his band backing me up. Garf had shown me some Jazz chords and I had no clue where to use them so I wrote a song.... He adored the song so much he arranged the recording. LOL - It is hilarious really as the band had never heard it.... we had one mic in the middle of the room and poor sound recording equipment. We went through it once and recorded it on the second time through.... the band were missing a couple chord changes and Garf missed his cue to lead as he was concentrating on getting the base on track with the chord changes. Anyway - thanks for sharing your song and reading this very long babble of mine LOL

      Keep on playing and writing.

      Respect!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      michael ely— I surely agree with you, Michael. I love all the Beatles records. I am glad you enjoyed my Hub. Thanks for letting me know you did. :)

      James

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      michael ely 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi James. I enjoyed reading that. Even though some of The Beatles records are nearly 50 years old i still think they sound as good and fresh as much that has come since. Cheers Michael.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      jandee— OK. I stand corrected and rebuked and admonished. Linda and Yoko are both fine creative artists.

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      jandee 

      9 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      I said talent and didn't mention singing!Brian had the money to take the lads forward --he was no Muso!! Linda was a brilliant photographer-an artist in her own right! Obviously you are much too shallow to appreciate what Yoko has and of course it wouldn't fit in with your conservative perspective!! How cheap to call these women ugly ! It says it all...............Nobody has ever called me ugly but even so I wish I was as lovely as yoka and linda..sweet dreams James

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      jandee— I don't know what you mean about inferring John and Paul did not inspire their music. I don't think I said anything like that. As for Yoko and Linda, I have heard them sing and it is awful—weak and out of tune. But I am glad to see one of their fans defend their "talents."

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      jandee 

      9 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      James I think you are so Macho disgusting to make such a remark about Two Beautiful women who had more talent in their tiny fingers than you will ever have. Linda Mcartney was beautiful in and out as is yoko. You would be lynched in Liverpool for daring to infer that John and paul were not themselves the inspirers of their music !! How insulting of you to such talent,shame on you james..........

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Kaie Arwen— It should be fun. I am glad that you enjoyed the Hub and the recordings of my band. Thank you for your gracious compliments. I always look forward to seeing you and hearing your voice. :)

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      Kaie Arwen 

      9 years ago

      This was fun! I think I've heard these before........... never match up my songs with the right musicians.......... (the Beatles would be an exception), but now I've got them straight. The videos were perfect.......... particularly Stormy Monday (love the photos)! and the recordings............. you guys sound great! I enjoyed........... K

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      lightning john— I don't know why girls these days are so, how shall we say . . . scantilly clad. I hope you enjoyed the view. It's always a pleasure to hear from you, my friend.

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      lightning john 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Hey James, I drove down Princeton the other day. Gave a girl a jump, she was broke down on the corner at Amhurst.

      Old green Mustang, she needed more clothes on, but I didn't tell her. The closer I get to Central, the stranger the people get, but then I must look really strange to them too.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Harvey Stelman— Hello, my friend H. I didn't know you were a singer. Yes, I did know that Jimi Hendrix was a paratrooper. A good American. Thank you for coming by to visit.

      J

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      Harvey Stelman 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      Jim, Did you know that Hendrix was an army para trooper? You won't find anything of him speaking out against Viet Nam, he was a solid American.

      The Beatles: I sang most of their songs with my band in high school. We weren't very good. If we had gotten together years later, we would have been very good. Everyone accomplished something in music. H

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      itakins— AD has a wicked sense of humor alright. :-)

      Thank you for reading my Hub. It is always a pleasure to hear your voice.

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      itakins 

      9 years ago from Irl

      AD should get a slap for that joke:)

      Up to your usual great standard-I must show to my other half ...a true Beatles fan.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      singlmomat52— I keep wanting to put that "e" in there. :)

      When I saw that screaming and crying all I knew was that I wanted to become the object of it.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am glad it brought back memories. And you are welcome.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      FLYSCO— Thank you for taking the time to check out my Hub. I appreciate the visit and comments. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      epigramman— I always look forward to your comments. You are surely a first class wit and wordsmith, friend. Thank you for bringing a broad grin to my face this evening. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Rebecca E.— It is good to be young. :-)

      Thank you much for the gracious comments. It is nice to be recognized by an excellent Hubber such as yourself. I appreciate it!

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      singlmomat52 

      9 years ago

      Oh yes your hub does bring back memories!!! I remember going to see the Beatles first movie and all the girls were crying and sceaming and I am wondering what the heck are the crying and screaming about. I love music but I do not idolize the bands. Great Hub as always. Thanks for sharing.

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      FLYSCO 

      9 years ago from Kings Cross, London

      Lotsa memories! I like the slow version of Revolution on the White Album better than the up tempo cut on Hey Jude B-side. But either way it's a great song.

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      epigramman 

      9 years ago

      ..well anyone who can go from the Beatles to 17th century France is pretty cool in my book - and in that book they spell it with a capital K - just so you know that you stand out from the rest ........

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      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      wow, I will say I am bit young for some of this awesome musicians (okay a lot young...) but I think this hub is awesome, and the Beatles revolution is one of my favorite albums, great job, and great pick.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      wilbury steve— I am going to go check that out right now. Thank you for telling me about it and showing the way to the information. I appreciate it, Steve. All the best to you.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      coffeesnob— Based on your comments, we may be about the same age. I hung around with older people mostly and so was almost a full fledged hippie, and almost a full fledged wannabe. I'm glad you came to read my article. Thank you for that and for your comments.

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      Steve Webb 

      9 years ago from Great Wakering, England

      Hi James! you can read about the Hendrix murder allegation on wikipedia under michael Jeffery, who managed The Animals & Jimi Hendrix.

      The other story came from a reliable source, a friend of a friend in the London ambulance service. Either way it was a sad & tragic end that came way too early.

      Keep up the good work, all the best,

      Steve

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      coffeesnob 

      9 years ago

      Awww...this was all before my time...just kidding :-)

      I was one of those weird ones who never thought much about the beatles - didn't get it that everyone was so caught up in them...Jimmy Hendrix was more my pick..i really hit teh end of the hippie era and was more of a hippie wanna-be...but this did bring back cool memories..

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      drpastorcarlotta— I am glad you took the ride down memory lane with me, Sister. I love you, too. Thank you for coming to see me. You always provide a spark of inspiration for me. :-)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      no body— One never knows. I am the opposite; I generally know right away if I am going to enjoy music or not. Though, Classical and Jazz grew on me as I got older. I appreciate your comments. Thank you for visiting my music Hub.

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      You just took me down memory lane!! How well I remember all of them, now excuse me while I kiss the sky! lol, lol, lol, Love ya! lol, lol,

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      lone77star— Yes, it does, my friend. Thank you for your kind compliments.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      gracenotes— Thank you! Thank you very much. My band was once told we couldn't play "Purple Haze" at a festival because it was a "family event" unsuited for "acid rock." Of course, we played it anyway—last. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      akirchner— You know, I've found that men are the biggest fans of Hendrix, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, et al. Women are very attuned to the Beatles. A band such as Journey seems to hit it right in the middle. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Robert E Smith 

      9 years ago from Rochester, New York

      It takes me a long time to adapt to what is popular. I do it at some ungodly slow speed. Bands and singers such as Pink Floyd, Hendrix and others, I would have sworn I hated for all my life, over the years I have found something about them I like. When I find that it's as if I've found a way to listen to them that makes them okay. Now I really like almost everyone in some way or other except the Alternative (possesessed gutteral screamers) like my kids used to listen to. I need a couple of more decades maybe or not, who knows?

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Awesome hub, James. The music still lives on.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      50 Caliber— I am glad you liked our version of 'Revolution' my friend. Like you, Paul has disappointed me with his foray into American politics, which was ill-conceived at best.

      John had a rapier wit and a sharp mind. George was a peaceful man, with much talent. A searcher. I don't believe I saw the Ringo movie you mentioned—I will check that out.

      I surely agree that what makes a woman beautiful is that something far beyond mere physical attributes. Still, I appreciate you hitting the "funny" button for me. Jane Fonda was gorgeous in Barbarella but ugly on that North Vietnamese tank. She is merely an imbecile, who had a beautiful veneer.

      Thank you, Dusty, for mentioning that enjoyed my band. I look forward to further discourse with you in the future.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      quicksand— Elvis is the King. My blind guitar player, Jimmy Schrader, came to be known as the King also during the 16 years we played together— The King of guitar. It fits, I think.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      pcoach— Thank you very much for the applause! I am gratified to hear that your wife enjoyed it as well. I am a lot like your wife in that I am amazed the lights go on too! :D

      Yes, Steve Douglas sings the heck out of Stormy Monday, doesn't he? And I agree: that bud is pretty. You wrote:

      "I thank God for the foundation that my parents laid for me so that when I was lost, I could find my way back."

      Me, too, though instead of my parents—who were what we might call "rounders"—it was my grandmas and aunties who laid that foundation inside of me. God Bless Them for it.

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      gracenotes 

      9 years ago from North Texas

      Just one more thing, James. I didn't know that you were a percussionist! How did I miss that? Nice recording of "Purple Haze" by the way.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Great piece on some of my favorites, though Jimi I was never a huge fan of. The music project in Seattle though does him up marvelously. The Beatles were always my favorites and my son and I go round and round about why I didn't like Jimi...too funny. He is 31 years old and telling me about the music of my era - but he has some valid points. I just never liked all the 'chaos' I guess!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Hello, hello,— You are surely welcome. Thank you kindly for your wonderful words. I always enjoy your comments.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Betty P. Wilson— It is good to see the lovely Ms. Wilson here visiting. Thank you for your gracious compliments. And you are welcome, as always. :-)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      GPAGE!!! How awesome to see you here! Yea, I find that the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and White Summer are usually used in the same sentence. :D

      I think George was a nice man, and he was an excellent guitarist as well. Thank you for your kind words. You are the best!!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      kimh039— You are most welcome, dear. I have many warm and fuzzy memories of those days—mostly fuzzy! :-)

      I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks for coming!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      prasetio30— You are welcome, Prasetio. I surely appreciate the "Thumbs Up" and your gracious compliments. It is always refreshing to hear your voice.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      gracenotes— You are perfectly correct that Lady Asher was very good looking. I am sure that all the boys had plenty of beauties before they "settled." And yes, Ms. Bach was surely a hottie. I agree that Paul got too sacharine without John around to toughen up his ideas. John seemed to mellow out on his own after the split.

      I just did Google (a verb now) Medulung's Deformity. That is interesting. I had not heard of it before. I will have to study some old photos of Hendrix.

      Thank you for making such incisive comments.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Dim Flaxenwick— You are welcome. Thank you so much for the applause regarding our version of 'Revolution.' That is gratifying to read. We did have a pretty hot band, considering these songs were recorded live on a little cassette deck—without the "tricks" the bands use today to cover up their flaws.

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      50 Caliber 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      James, I enjoyed the rendition of "Revolution" a song that was/is on my top 5 of the Beatles. I totally enjoyed their work until they moved into the studio and began using all the electronics and back up musicians that multiplied their sound that it seemed they couldn't reproduce live. I feel John Lennon in the music that is endearing to my past, never much cared for McCartney, as pointed out in a post above "Ebony and Ivory" I think summed up Paul's solo abilities and then his recent white house gig sealed his fate of not crossing the speakers of my stereo gear, but then he rarely if ever did anyway. John was the greatest cynic of all time with his wry sense of humor he always held my attention when he dealt with the media as he always took advantage of vague questions and made fun out of them, one of my favorite pass times when folks ask too many questions that I feel are kind of out of bounds. I think when he did the Marlborough cigarette commercials he was cynically performing for a dollar as representing his name for a brand that he had no true loyalty to. John and George were my favorites and I'll put Ringo in there as well, his movie about cavemen just tore me up when fire and farting flames was introduced, it was funny and I watch it now and again out of my library of fun stuff.

      As for ugly women, I laughed at that, I was the only one who punched the funny button at the time I voted you up across the board. Anyway I've seen knockdown beautiful women turn "Bad Ugly" when they open their mouth or do things that knocks them into the ugliest category of all time. Take Jane Fonda for instance, I thought she was a hottie until her Nam stunts....

      I'm rambling here, great hub and White Summer is a band that I could relate to as the samples were great, Peace and much Love, Dusty

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      quicksand 

      9 years ago

      I heard someone say "Elvis is the King." I agree wholeheartedly! :)

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      pcoach 

      9 years ago

      Great video of your band White Summer on "Revolution"!!!! My wife comes from a very musical family and she really enjoyed it! She can play several instruments but still finds it incredible that flipping a light switch makes the lights go on! Seriously. But I find it more incredible that people can make music!

      You guys were great with "Stormy Monday" and the vocals were most outstanding. My wife says to sing the blues well is indeed a difficult undertaking. And great storm shots! Purple Haze, great rendition, and very nice looking bud, I might add! And never complete without the psychodelics!!!!

      Yep, I vote with my wallet too! As a matter of fact, I just did this morning!

      Great hub! Had to go to Alb, NM for a couple days regarding VA stuff. I came back to lots of hubs to read and after a couple, I decided to come in here and it was just the break I needed while continuing to clean up! Thank you for another beautiful walk down memory lane! Those were good old days, with and without the drugs. I am thankful I lived through it, not too proud about some of the things I did (I never hurt anyone but myself) but I'm here all the better and stronger for it. It's not always that way for many. I thank God for the foundation that my parents laid for me so that when I was lost, I could find my way back.

      Fabulous in your usual form!

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, Jamws, apart from the Beatles you picked my favourite music. John Lennon n his own was great but the Beatles, no thanks. Thank you for a super hub.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      gusripper— I hear you brother! Thank you for visiting and commenting. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Phillip Hurst— How great to hear from you! I hope your television station is going well. I'm glad you came by and let me know you appreciate this Hub. Keep up the guitar playing. U2 is awesome!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      katiem2— Outstanding comments! Thank you and you are welcome. I am happy to hear about your children and their musical pursuits. I love music. I appreciate your warm words.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      GmaGoldie— Thank you very much for your gracious comments. I sincerely appreciate this visitation from you. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      wilbury steve— I am well pleased that you came to visit and left word that you loved this Hub. I know you are quite the musician, so coming from you this means a lot. :D

      Your comments about the Beatles are keen. Your remarks about Jimi Hendrix left me flabbergasted. I have never heard those two stories before. Tragic. Thank you for the enlightenment.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      ama83— You are welcome. I am glad you found this Hub to be fun. Thank you for your fine comments. It is always good to hear from you. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      joer4X4— The Animals had some fine tunes. I didn't know that Jimi Hendrix was a big science fiction fan, but I had read that Purple Haze came to him in a dream. I should have included that tidbit. Thank you for adding it here.

      I appreciate you coming by and making your excellent remarks.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      v_kahleranderson— Your father was a kindred spirit to me. I love all kinds of music except not much rap.

      I would say that the Beatles music will be listened to always, much as Beethoven. Thank you, VKA, for the love, hugs, and blessings. I can use them. :-)

      I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. I appreciate your support.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Rod Marsden— My band also played a few Rolling Stones songs, notably "Street Fighting Man" "Brown Sugar" and "Honky Tonk Woman."

      I surely appreciate your thoughts on this subject. Thank you for visiting and commenting. It is good to see you here.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      quicksand— The "Woodstock" movie is fascinating. I have watched it many times. The Rolling Stones had many excellent songs; I saw them in concert once. Thank you for visiting and for leaving your observations.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Pollyannalana— You are indeed quite knowledgeable about this history. "My Sweet Lord" is a beautiful song, for sure. It is unfortunately very similar to "He's so Fine" hence the lost lawsuit for plagiarism. "Tears in Heaven" is about the death of Eric Clapton's son. Thank you for sharing your insights with us.

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      Betty P. Wilson 

      9 years ago

      Great job! Enjoyed the stroll through those years.

      rthevmisic was great. Locved hearing you play the drums.

      thanks for sharing.

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      GPAGE 

      9 years ago from California

      JAMES! THIS IS FANTASTIC! I love this! Interesting the way you write about the Beatles, Hendrix and also your great band! This is so much fun! I love this hub!!

      I was thinking the other day how I originally favored Lennon but as I got older, my heart fell for George Harrison! ha

      Anyway, glad to see you writing on here again! G

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      Kim Harris 

      9 years ago

      Thanks James. I just have warm and fuzzy memories from the whole era, and love to take the stroll down memory lane with others who were there. Thanks to you and your readers!

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      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great hub, James. This is good to remind me again how "Beatles" still my favorite. As a legend Beatles never die. But I am not too familiar with Jimi Hendrix. Good work, James. Thanks for share with us. Vote up.

      Prasetio

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      gracenotes 

      9 years ago from North Texas

      I believe that the young bachelor Paul McCartney had a girlfriend named Jane Asher who was quite attractive. My sister and I were jealous of her as young pre-adolescents (ha). Paul did choose Linda, and who knows why. And Ringo was married to a beauty, Barbara Bach.

      John Lennon did so well as a solo writer and artist, didn't he? Paul McCartney, not so much. I think he needed Lennon for song-writing inspiration. Can you fathom such dreck as the song "Ebony and Ivory?" Ick!

      If you Google Madelung's Deformity, you can find articles with some speculation on whether or not Jimi Hendrix had this problem. It's a wrist deformity. Based on pictures and video, experts have guessed this very deformity actually worked in his favor and made it possible for him to have such an unusual guitar-playing technique. I wouldn't know about this at all, but my niece has Madelung's Deformity, and so I did some research. If Hendrix had a lemon, he was sure able to make lemonade out of it. He was great.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Incredibly good rendition of the Beatles ´Revolution´.

      It was also refreshing to read FACTS about the Beatles. Ifell in love with them at the age of 12 and I think I´m still stuck on Paul , so when I read rubbish or distorted ´´facts´´ it drives me crazy. This was outstanding. You must have been one heck of a good band,. Thank you so much for this.

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      gusripper 

      9 years ago

      it's been a hard day's night and i've been working like a dog..............cheers

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      Phillip Hurst 

      9 years ago

      Great stuff. I'm too young to have enjoyed Hendrix or the Beatles then, but in my own musical journey the importance of their legacy continues to grow the more I listen and learn. I think it speaks volumes that arguably the biggest contemporary rock band, U2, has recorded a song from each.

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      Katie McMurray 

      9 years ago from Westerville

      You hit on three of my all time favorites. I never grow tired of hearing from or just flat out hearing The Beatles, The Blues and Jimi Hendrix, These three music legends cover all the souls musical needs... Great tribute thanks it's a pleasure. My 14 year old is a percussionist and just won first place at competition she's headed to state, I love hearing her play the drums and bells etc. My twelve plays both the alto and tenor sax, gotta love music. I do I do! Peace :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great Hub - love you sharing your experiences and your skill set - drummer! Yeah! Thumbs up my friend! Wishing you the very best - you deserve it!

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      Steve Webb 

      9 years ago from Great Wakering, England

      Loved this hub & all the component parts of it. The great thing about The Beatles was the wide range of influences they were willing to embrace, & how they absorbed it into their own style, especially playing 7 hours a night in Hamburg! They gave a bit of everything back to the world & it still resonates today.

      Jimi Hendrix- totally unique & innovative. Absolutely shocking that he was allegedly murdered by his manager for the insurance money & that one of the ambulancemen attending the scene didn't do as much as he could because he didn't approve of jimi's lifestyle.

      A really enjoyable read James!! :-)

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      ama83 

      9 years ago from San Jose, CA

      This was a fun hub! I always did enjoy the Beatles' music, which was probably influenced by my grandfather who would blast their records throughout the house.

      It makes sense that were influenced by Elvis, though I guess I never knew this before. I always say, Elvis made some of my favorite songs, but I like way more songs by the Beatles.

      Thanks for the information!

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      joer4x4 

      9 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      The Beatles never did anything for me. I thought they were a bit shallow when compared to British bands influenced by southern blues. Animals, Stones, Dire Straits, etc..

      Hendrix was a big science fiction fan. He said in a late sixties interview that Purple Haze came from a dream he had.

      He was also quoted as saying "Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction".

      There is also story out there that Hendrix played for Clapton privately and when he heard Hendrix for the first time his jaw literally dropped.

      Probably no one knows for sure but I don't think Purple haze is the druggie song it's made out to be.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      always exploring— Elvis is the King. I just watched a fascinating documentary about him called: "Elvis: By the Presleys." Check it out of you can. Thank you for listening to my music. :)

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      v_kahleranderson 

      9 years ago from San Jose, California

      Good morning Mr. Watkins!

      My father was a person who appreciated a wide variety of music, and he introduced me not only to classical music and Henry Mancini and Tony Bennett to Arthur Brown, but The Beatles as well. Oh-yeah, his tastes were very diverse!

      I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t know who The Beatles are. And I am sure I will be passing along their music and song talents to my grandchildren. I wouldn’t want them ignorant. Lol!

      At the risk of sounding like a terrible person, I will agree with you that it always baffled me that they married such unattractive women, when they could have had their pick. I’ve seen Yoko Ono talk and she never struck me as anything special. Oh-well…

      Another fun hub, James, full of good stuff, and taking me way-back on a ride down memory lane. Thank you!

      Sending you love and hugs and blessings, in Christ Jesus,

      VKA

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      fred allen— Thank you for listening to my music. One thing about 'Stormy Monday' is that we slow it down for a sad blues effect, and it is hard to play slow. Many folks may think it hard to play fast but not so: the more space between the notes the harder it is to play. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Icbenefield— You are welcome! Thank you very much for coming by to visit.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      partisan patriot— You were a singer? Interesting. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a fine tune. Infectious. You wrote:

      "Entertainers should stay the HELL OUT OF POLITICS; unless of course they support the conservative position!"

      Very witty!! Yes, I will not listen to McCartney's music again. Nor will I watch my favorite TV show again, "Mad Men." I vote with my wallet.

      Thank you for the visit and the insightful comments.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      De Greek— That is an astute observation. I have to hand it to you. Thank you!

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      Rod Marsden 

      9 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Not bad hub.

      I have been a Beatles fan most of my life. I have also been a Jimi Hendrix fan though only from my college days onwards. I have also been a fan of the Rolling Stones.

      Jimi was not always appreciated by African Americans. Some people thought he was a race traitor because they saw his music as white man's music. All I ever noticed was a damn fine guitarist at work. Like Lennon he died way too young.

      My favorite Beatles Album was and is St. Pepper. It is also the most complex album they ever put together.

      My thoughts at any rate.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      G L Strout— You are most welcome friend. Thank you for taking the stroll with me. :D

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      quicksand 

      9 years ago

      I first saw Jimi Hendrix perform in the Woodstock music festival movie. Had heard of him before as an ex paratrooper who turned musician by virtue of his extraordinary ability to play the guitar. I used to think that he was influenced by the Rolling Stones. Well that has been my opinion!

      As for the Beatles, their music will never ever get stale. I did not rave about them during their heyday as I was a loyal fan of the Rolling Stones. However the Beatles' music will always be listenable I believe.

      Cheers!

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      Pollyannalana 

      9 years ago from US

      Patty yea, I think she was a model, whoever she was.Crazy too since they were friends, but at that time I guess it meant nothing much. But yes for years Yoko pretty much drug John around by the nose and I can only imagine she had her own thing to do to give John her sister but then I think John got to liking the sister so she got him back and stopped that. We all know what Yoko was about. You know I never started liking John until just before he was killed, I guess because of Yoko and all that being in bed in public with the ugliest girl on earth, lol. Then too he didn't look too good either until he got a little older. I loved "My Sweet Lord" George did I don't care if he stole it or not. A beautiful unforgettable song I can't imagine anyone but him singing. I wasn't into Clapton much until his little boy fell several stories to his death, isn't that what the 'Tears in Heaven' is about?'

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      James,

      Very interesting hub. I enjoyed listening to the music as i read your story. I liked the Beatles but Elvis was my man and still is, Hendrix was the best guitar player. Great hub taking us back to the good old days.

      God Bless

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      fred allen 

      9 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      I listened to White Summer- Stormy Monday as I read this! I paid particular attention to the drums. You and your band rock the blues! Loved it! Gonna listen to Purple Haze next!

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      lcbenefield 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Very interesting and informative. Thanks.

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      partisan patriot 

      9 years ago

      James

      I can still remember practicing I Wanna Hold Your Hand with my high school rock band; I couldn’t play a lick but was the lead singer! Anyway, the Beatles touched me musically like no one before or since; they were truly revolutionary. Unfortunately they were Revolutionary in more ways than just musically; I lost what little respect I had left for Paul McCartney following his White House Michelle my Belle Concert during which he criticizes President Bush. Entertainers should stay the HELL OUT OF POLITICS; unless of course they support the conservative position!

      As for the Blues; I love some of it; Stormy Monday was among my favorites. Being in college in the late 60’s I of course was a huge Hendrix fan but also being an athlete I managed to stay away from the drugs. Not easy during those times!

      Anyway, great informative hub as usual which I really related to; good job!

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