Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell dead at 62
Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of legendary 1960s band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, passed away early this morning. He was 62.
He was found in a hotel room in Oregon, officials said. A statement on the official Jimi Hendrix website run by the late guitarist’s estate said Mitchell died from natural causes.
Mitchell played with the sort of infectious enthusiasm that makes you want to learn drums… yet Mitch was the most underrated drummer in rock history.
Mitch, along with bass player Noel Redding became the other two thirds of the “Experience” power-trio built around legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the 1960’s. The trio was put together after the Seattle born guitarist had taken the London music scene by storm, making fans of such heavyweights of the time as Eric Clapton, and members of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
“Over the course of the recent tour (Mitch) seemed delighted with the interchange with the other musicians and the audiences. There is no question that he was doing what he loved,” Janie Hendrix added.
Lennon, Clapton, Richards and Mitchell…I wish they recorded a whole album together.
So long Mitch.