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November Music et al

November Music et al

I don't' have exact dates to attach to this music or these events, but Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Love, Melanie, & Van Morrison all have something  happening during November. Plus a few extras.

Ravi Shankar

In 1962 Ravi Shankar released his 3rd album, Improvisations. He released his first  at age 17 in 1937.

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Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox meet

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Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox in the Army
November 1961, Hendrix met fellow serviceman Billy Cox. He was walking past the service club and heard Hendrix playing guitar inside. Cox, intrigued by the proficient playing, which he described as a combination of "John Lee Hooker and Beethoven", immediately checked-out a bass guitar and the two began to jam. Soon after, they began performing at the base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band called the Casuals.

Love

Forever Changes
November 1967: Love released its classic album, Forever Changes.  It is considered by many (including me!) to be one of the greatest albums EVER!

Melanie

Born To Be
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Melanie’s Born To Be album cover
November 1968: Melanie (age 21) released her first album, Born to Be.

Van Morrison

 Astral Weeks
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Van Morrison at the Band’s Last Waltz
November 1968: Van Morrison released  the classic album, Astral Weeks. Even better than Love's Forever Changes. I've never heard this album enough.

Steppenwolf

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Monster

In November, 1969,  Steppenwolf released the album Monster contained epic song by same name.
 

LSD

In November 1967, authorities released Ken Kesey and he moved to Oregon. (LSD see February 4, 1968; KK, see November 10, 2001)

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Bassist Billy Cox

Bassist Billy Cox

From his siteBilly Cox was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. His father was a Baptist minister and teacher of mathematics and his mother was a classical pianist. Billy was blessed with the best of both worlds. One world revolved around the strong intellectual discipline of his father and the other world revolved around the loving tenderness and sensitivity of his mother.

Billy Cox

October 18…Happy birthday Billy Cox

cox hendrix armyFrom his site: legendary bassist and Musicians Hall of Fame inductee Billy Cox, is synonymous with almost any reference to Jimi Hendrix and Rock-n-Roll history. From their army days, Billy would always have an extended friendship with Jimi Hendrix. The kindred spirits would have a musical chemistry that was nurtured over the years as both performed regularly as sidemen for the most prominent blues and R&B acts of the day. The bond between the two men would write a new chapter in music history.

Billy Cox

Bassist Billy Cox

Billy Cox

 

Billy Cox and his Hendrix Experience band at the Allen Blues Festival

Billy Cox has released four solo albums:
  • Nitro Function, 1971
  • Last Gypsy Standing, 2009
  • Old School Blue Blues, 2011
  • Unfiltered, 2014
From WikipediaToday, Billy Cox owns a video production company. He has produced numerous blues and a myriad of gospel shows. He co-authored the books, Jimi Hendrix Sessions and Ultimate Hendrix with John McDermott and Eddie Kramer. Billy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors among which: In 2009 Billy Cox was inducted into The Musicians Hall Of Fame; Billy received The Founders Award in 2010. It was given by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen and in 2011 Billy was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame. Billy released his latest album, Old School Blue Blues, in 2011 and continues to tour with "The Experience Hendrix Tour" each year and his own Band of Gypsys Experience. He released the single Run featuring the androgynous singer and songwriter Marlon Alarm in November 2011.
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