Sad news from Texas, Buddy Miles has died. Miles was well known in Des Moines and would drop in to jam at the Cloud on Sunday Nights. He was best known for his brief stint with Jimi Hendrix and the Band Of Gypsies. The following is an obit from Illinois Blues.
IllinoisBlues.com is saddened by the passing of drum legend Buddy Miles.
He will be missed!
Buddy Miles 9/5/1947 – 2/26/2008
Legendary Drummer Buddy Miles passed away this Tuesday, peacefully at his home
in Austin, TX. He was (60) sixty years old. He suffered from congestive heart
failure but the official cause of death is not known.
Buddy performed with some of the greatest names in music including Stevie Wonder,
Muddy Waters, Michael Bloomfield, Wilson Pickett, Stephen Stills, Neil Young,
David Crosby, Jack Bruce, Eric Burden, Peter Torque, Billy Gibbons, Prince,
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Vaughan, Rick James, Kool and the Gang, Jr. Brown,
Ike Turner, Pinetop Perkins, Jr. Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Taylor, Barry White,
Aretha Franklin, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Robert Lockwood, Jr.,
Billy Cox, David Bowie and others.
Buddy Miles recorded over 70 albums and performed in numerous world tours, television
commercials and videos. He is best known for his work with Jimi Hendrix
and bass player Billy Cox in Band of Gypsys.
Band of Gypsys recorded one album appropriately titled “Band of Gypsys” in 1970 at
Fillmore East in New York. Two of the songs on the album were written by Miles.
("We Gotta Live Together" and "Changes”).
In lieu of flowers; the family has asked to please make donations to the
Jazz Foundation of America specifically in Buddy Miles' name to assist with
funeral, and other expenses at www.jazzfoundation.org ; The Jazz Foundation of
America, at 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036, Attn.: Amy Cusma.