September 9, 1971: John Lennon released his second solo album, Imagine.   Thank you, John. Miss you, John.

Side one

“Imagine” – 3:01

“Crippled Inside” – 3:47

“Jealous Guy” – 4:14

“It’s So Hard” – 2:25

“I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier” – 6:05

Side two

“Gimme Some Truth” – 3:16

“Oh My Love” – 2:50

“How Do You Sleep?” – 5:36

“How?” – 3:43

“Oh Yoko!” – 4:20

Wednesday 9 September

September 9, 1739, BLACK HISTORY & Slave Revolts: early on the morning of the 9th, a Sunday, about twenty slaves gathered near the Stono River in St. Paul’s Parish, less than twenty miles from Charlestown. SC. The slaves went to a shop that sold firearms and ammunition, armed themselves, then killed the two shopkeepers who were manning the shop. From there the band walked to the house of a Mr. Godfrey, where they burned the house and killed Godfrey and his son and daughter. They headed south. It was not yet dawn when they reached Wallace’s Tavern. Because the innkeeper at the tavern was kind to his slaves, his life was spared. The white inhabitants of the next six or so houses they reach were not so lucky — all were killed. The slaves belonging to Thomas Rose successfully hid their master, but they were forced to join the rebellion. (They would later be rewarded. See Report re. Stono Rebellion Slave-Catchers.) Other slaves willingly joined the rebellion. By eleven in the morning, the group was about 50 strong. The few whites whom they now encountered were chased and killed, though one individual, Lieutenant Governor Bull, eluded the rebels and rode to spread the alarm.

The slaves stopped in a large field late that afternoon, just before reaching the Edisto River. They had marched over ten miles and killed between twenty and twenty-five whites.

Around four in the afternoon, somewhere between twenty and 100 whites had set out in armed pursuit. When they approached the rebels, the slaves fired two shots. The whites returned fire, bringing down fourteen of the slaves. By dusk, about thirty slaves were dead and at least thirty had escaped. Most were captured over the next month, then executed; the rest were captured over the following six months — all except one who remained a fugitive for three years. Continue reading Wednesday 9 September

Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell

September 9, 1947 – November 12, 2008

Were you experienced?

Mitch Mitchell

     The first time I saw a picture of Mitch Mitchell was simply because he was to the right of Jimi Hendrix on the cover of the Experience's Are You Experienced album.
       In my simple teenage view, simply looking at that cover made me experienced. Those colors with that oddly bulging picture and unnaturally colored trees. After listening to the album, I thought for sure I was experienced. Of course Hendrix's guitar was the star. I'd never heard anything like it, but the drumming ("What's his name? OK, Mitch Mitchell.") was equally unearthly. 

John Ronald “Mitch” Mitchell

     Like many drummer before and many drummer since, Mitch Mitchell played in a variety of bands in a variety of ways before hitting the spotlight with Jimi Hendrix.

     Even a step further back in his life, Mitchell was a child actor in several British productions.  It was while still in school and working in a drum store that Mitchell began playing what became his life's work. 

     He worked with bands as a member and worked with bands as a studio drummer. He even played with the Who between Doug Sandom's departure and Keith Moon's arrival. Part of his early experience included developing a love of jazz drumming, particularly that of was John Coltrane's drummer, Elvin Jones.

Jimi Hendrix Experience

     That developing ability attracted the attention of others. particularly Chas Chandler, ex-Animal bassist and the person who brought Hendrix to England to create a band around him.

     Mitchell was part of the Experience throughout it's brief time. He became a part of the band on October 6, 1966 and stayed with them until it's dissolution in June 1969. Mitchell remained with Hendrix when Hendrix developed the ever-changing line-up and band names until Hendrix's death in 1970.

Mitch Mitchell

      Following Hendrix's death, Mitch Mitchell remained active as a drummer, but never again would the spotlight be upon him.  His credit list after 1970 are mainly on Hendrix recordings that obviously preceded Jimi's death (see:

     In 2008, he was part of the Experience Hendrix Tour that featured  Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford,Hubert Sumlin, Chris Layton, Eric Gales, and Mato Nanji. 

     Mitchell died in his sleep in Portland, Oregon five days after the tour ended.  He is buried in Seattle.

     Here is an excellent video about Mitchell: