George Allen Miles Jnr., 5 September 1947, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 26 February 2008, Austin, Texas, USA. A teenage prodigy, Miles was a powerful, if inflexible, drummer and a veteran of several touring revues prior to his spell with soul singer Wilson Pickett. In 1967, he joined the Electric Flag at the behest of guitarist Mike Bloomfield, whose subsequent departure left the drummer in control. Although the band collapsed in the wake of a disappointing second album, Miles retained its horn section for his next venture, the Buddy Miles Express. This exciting unit also included former Mitch Ryder guitarist Jim McCarthy. Their first album, 1968s Expressway To Your Skull, was full of driving, electric soul rhythms that had the blessing of Jimi Hendrix, who produced the album and wrote the sleeve notes. In 1969, Miles joined Hendrix in the ill-fated Band Of Gypsys before continuing his own career with the Buddy Miles Band and the rumbustious Them Changes album,...
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