Mitch Mitchell
English drummer
Mitch Mitchell
John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer, best known for his work in The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
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Todd Rundgren: I Saw the Light
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
"Hello, it's me." Todd Rundgren can never escape that greeting and song title. Nor would he want to, I imagine. It's a signature song for him, one that was transcendent for American radio. Between that 1973 "Midnight Special" performance and the show I covered a few months back at BB King's NYC, Rundgren has traveled a long, winding road well and with grace. His bands, Nazz and Utopia with his eponymous, "Todd Rundgren" band and solo career displayed his talents as a musician but were in my opinion overshadowed by his strong artistic ability as a producer of other musicians' records. Rundgren worked with Robbie Robertson and The Band (spending a lot of time in Woodstock), Janis Joplin (on what would be taken over by another producer ultimately, to become the album "Pearl"), Jesse Winchester, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, New York Dolls, The New Cars, Hall & Oates, Badfinger, Sparks, Rick Derringer, Grand Funk Railroad, James Cotton Blues Band, Patti Smith Group ...
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'Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train' review: Vital glance
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Hear My Train a Comin', directed by Bob Smeaton and premiering Tuesday on PBS, hits all the right notes, beginning with Hendrix's childhood in Seattle, his military service where he met lifelong friend and frequent collaborator Billy Cox, and into his tragically brief but still brilliant career as one of the greatest guitar players in the world. [...] there's plenty of musical evidence of his singular genius, including previously unseen footage from the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. For many, the real highlight of the film won't be commentary from musicians such as Paul McCartney, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood or Hendrix's bandmates in the Experience, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. Kramer, who worked closely with Hendrix for years, deconstructs a single passage of typically dense Hendrix music to demonstrate how the sound was created through the fusion of three guitar layers, each of which was musically distinct from the others. Another reason Hendrix attracted attention, s ...
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Video: Defense Dept. security reveiw
CBS News - over 3 years
Col. Mitch Mitchell (Ret.), Up to the Minute Military Analyst, joins UTTM to discuss security issues at military facilities and emergency response training.
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Video: Military strike options against Syria
CBS News - over 3 years
Col. Mitch Mitchell (Ret.), Up to the Minute Military Analyst, joins UTTM to discuss President Obama considering a military strike to punish Bashar Assad's Syrian government for violating international agreements on the use of chemical weapons.
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Music Review: Blue Cheer - Rocks Europe [2-CD Set]
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Music Review: Blue Cheer - Rocks Europe [2-CD Set] Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:31 am, Thursday, May 2, 2013 Back in 1968, Dickie Peterson (vocals/bass), Leigh Stephens (guitar), and Paul Whaley (drums) released Vincebus Eruptum, the album that included the overdriven hit cover version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues." Musicians who took brief turns with Peterson included Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf), and Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Journey, Starship). In 2009, a high-definition DVD of Blue Cheer's April 11, 2008 performance for the Rockpalast television show in Bonn, Germany, was released. For Cheer fans, the disc included the 12 extended songs, Peterson's voice over commentary, a Dutch TV featurette, and a bonus unreleased audio studio recor ...
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Music Review: Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Music Review: Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 1:43 am, Friday, February 15, 2013 People, Hell and Angels gathers a dozen previously unreleased performances that focus on his work outside of the Experience. Sidemen Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, Stephen Stills, Lonnie Youngblood, Larry Lee, and a host of others (including Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell) all lend a hand on this disparate group of material. While many of these tracks were never meant for public release, they feature some fine guitar play as they find Hendrix experimenting with new styles and sounds. During December of 1969, Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox, and drummer Buddy Miles returned to the studio to record four tracks. "Crash Landing" is another track that has undergone a number of transitions, t ...
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Dusty Wright: Best Rock Music of October!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Not all that glitters is gold on the radio, and often one must scratch below the glossy surface of the neatly pressed and homogenous music business where TV pop stars litter radio playlists. Thankfully there is a growing number of outlets that cater to every type of rock music. Here are some of my favorite new releases from October culled from press releases, Spotify playlists, satellite radio, and peer recommendations.  "3-6-9" Cat Power Sun (Matador) -- Still measured genius after all these years; six years in fact since The Greatest. My favorite track is this upbeat, haunting, multi-layered, auto-tuned, electronica-tinged sing-a-long. This is the sound of New Jack City in the 21st century. More PJ than Joni, Ms. Chan Marshall brings the noise and funk on her ninth CD, and in doing so, raises the bar for her musical peers, both genders. "Ramada Inn" Neil Young Psychedelic Pill (Reprise) -- WTF? Is Neil for real? A two-CD set with just 8 songs? Crazy Horse riding on t ...
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What To Expect From 'Arrested Development's' New Season
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Arrested Development" fans are clinging to any details on what's to come in the show's upcoming Season 4 and now, creator Mitch Hurwitz is starting to provide more ... but only in the vaguest and strangest sense. "We're trying not to do great hits. I'm trying to resist just giving the fans what they know ... Things have gone very badly for them in every way -- sexually, biochemically," Hurwitz told Entertainment Weekly of the quirky Bluth family. "They've destroyed the environment, the environment has destroyed them ... There are a lot of ostriches. I would describe this season of 'Arrested' as being bird-heavy." Meanwhile, narrator and executive producer Ron Howard has nothing but praise for the "Arrested Development's" fourth season. "I think it's great and that the writing is great. It's very bold," Howard told HuffPost. "I'm very proud of Mitch [Mitchell Hurwitz]. You know it's not going off into some place that's going to alienate people who love those charac ...
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'Arrested Development' Salutes The Kennedys
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Arrested Development" is paying homage to JFK Jr. and his famous salute at John F. Kennedy's funeral ... but does that mean a Bluth family member has died? In a new photo from set, Tony Hale is decked out in saddle shoes and a very familiar blue coat. Plus, his Buster Bluth hook bejeweled. Check out a bigger photo below. Details about the new season of "Arrested Development" are being kept under wraps, but we do know that Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) will be at an airport ... trying to go somewhere. Photos of the scene were also snapped by paparazzi. The new season premieres on Netflix in spring of 2013. Executive producer and narrator Ron Howard praised the new season. "I think it's great and that the writing is great. It's very bold," Howard told The Huffington Post. "I'm very proud of Mitch [Mitchell Hurwitz]. You know it's not going off into some place that's going to alienate people who love those characters, but it's just going to further enrich their inter ...
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Music DVD Review: Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Plays Berkeley
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music DVD Review: Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Plays Berkeley Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 06:03 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2012 In spite of any deficiencies in audio and visual quality, I'm willing to bet that you've never seen anyone like Jimi Hendrix and after watching the newly remastered and restored version of Jimi Plays Berkeley, released by Legacy Recordings, you'll agree. Jimi Plays Berkeley isn't a concert film in the typical sense of the word, it's more like a documentary film about a concert Hendrix gave and what was happening in America at the time. The Free Speech Movement, protesting the censorship of student newspapers by the governors of the university, began mounting demonstrations in 1964. By the time Hendrix's concert took place in 1970, running battles between student demonstrators and ...
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Overtones: Truth & Salvage brings it on home
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
When Truth & Salvage Co plays Western North Carolina, it's a homecoming. Guitarist/singer Scott Kinnebrew, pianist/singer Walker Young, and drummer/singer Bill "Smitty" Smith formed their musical bond in the Asheville group Scrappy Hamilton before relocating to Los Angeles in 2005. "Asheville's very special to me," Smith says. "I made great friends and grew up a lot here." But it was in Hollywood that Scrappy Hamilton morphed into Truth & Salvage Co and caught the ear of Black Crowes' singer Chris Robinson. That bit of hard-earned fortune resulted in a debut album, "Truth & Salvage Co" (Silver Arrow, 2010), defining the band with big country-rock grooves, anthemic melodies, reverb-laced guitars and crisp three- and four-part harmonies. "Chris was like, ‘I love this band, I want to produce their record.' And then he said, ‘Hey, go on the road with us for 50 shows,' " the drummer recalls. "We were on cloud nine, and it all happened so quickly." Smith grew up in We ...
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Jim Marshall: 'They call me the Father of Loud'
Guardian (UK) - almost 5 years
Shortly before his death last week, Jim Marshall, creator of the famous amplifier, gave his last interview to Alfred Hickling. He talked about his debt to Hendrix and Spinal Tap – and his final invention, the one-watt amp At the Marshall amplifier factory in Milton Keynes, there's a small museum piled high with musty, well-used equipment. There are original models of the 100-watt amps favoured by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. There's a white leather model made for Paul Weller with a mod target emblazoned across its front. There is a replica of Lemmy's amp, which the Motörhead bassist customised with Soviet army insignia and christened Murder One. But it is the tributes that various stars have scrawled on to their gear that are most striking. An amp belonging to Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Zakk Wylde is inscribed: "Dad Rules." A 50-watt model donated by Jeff Beck states: "Thanks, Dad, for everything." Last Thursday saw the passing, at the age of 88, of the man the rock guitar communit ...
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Iconic British Things: A Salute To Jim Marshall (1923 – 2012) And His Stack Of Glory
BBC Blogs- America - almost 5 years
A Marshall half-stack. Jim Marshall, the pioneer of loud guitar amplification and creator of the Marshall stack, has sadly passed away at the age of 88. The story of his career, and the rise of his company, is also the story of how the scrappy kids from the ’50s skiffle boom started to make inroads into the British music industry during the ’60s, until they were setting the standards for others to reach by the ’70s, and leaving a hefty rock ‘n’ roll template to either follow or ignore forever after. His name is on instrument amplifiers the world over, and his organization long since took its place alongside the iconic manufacturers of musical instruments – Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker etc – as being key players in the development of rock music. His career began as a London singer and amateur PA maker, during the Second World War. Kept out of the forces due to a bout of tuberculosis, he would double up on drums sometimes, as musicians were called up to the forces, and of course ...
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George Lenzt Ingwe/Jimi Hendrix Truth and Emotion: Album reviews - Mt Druitt Standard
Google News - over 5 years
The second disc is all classics - from Fire, Foxy Lady, Purple Haze and Spanish Castle Magic on to Voodoo Chile - played with the Experience line-up of Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell in San Diego. This is Hendrix and the band at the top of
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Duck Fair, Children's Arts Festival highlight upcoming weekend in Havre de Grace - Baltimore Sun
Google News - over 5 years
That performance will run every hour starting at 10:30 am The Duck Fair, the annual celebration of Havre de Grace's Decoy Museum, is honoring two major figures in the world of decoy-carving this year: Madelyn Shank and R. Madison "Mitch" Mitchell Jr
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Mitchell graduates from Kaplan University - Rome News Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Michael (Mitch) Mitchell of Rome has graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kaplan University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Computer Crime. Mitchell is a veteran of the US Air Force and served seven years as a
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Sculptor wants to honour Cadel - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Melbourne sculptor Mitch Mitchell has designs on immortalising Tour de France winner Cadel Evans. Source: Supplied THE Melbourne sculptor who immortalised some of our greatest sportsmen is now visualising cycling champion Cadel Evans larger than life
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mitch Mitchell
    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    He spent his final days celebrating Hendrix's music on the 2008 Experience Hendrix Tour.
    More Details Hide Details For nearly four weeks the tour travelled on an 18-city tour of the US, finishing in Portland, Oregon. The tour also 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. Five days after the tour ended Mitchell died in his sleep on 12 November, in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland of "natural causes." Mitchell had been in ill health for many years due to alcohol-related problems. He was the last surviving member of the original Experience. Mitchell had planned to leave Portland that day to return to his home in England. He was buried in Seattle. He is survived by his wife, Dee, a daughter and two grandchildren.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Mitchell was named the 23rd greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone.
    More Details Hide Details Queen drummer Roger Taylor has described Mitchell as his early role model. He said: "I still think listening to Mitch Mitchell, especially the early stuff with Hendrix, is just fantastic." Matt Sorum, drummer with Guns N'Roses and Velvet Revolver, has praised his "pure musicianship" and called him "one of the greatest drummers of all time". In an interview with the Police drummer Stewart Copeland in the late 2000s, Copeland listed the Jimi Hendrix Experience debut album Are You Experienced as his favorite drum album of all time, and relates that as a child in school, he would walk around with drum beats in his head and wonder how Mitch Mitchell would carve out a rhythm were he to play that song. In 2016, Mitchell was named the 8th greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone. Jazz fusion is a lead style of playing distinguished by interplay with lead instruments such as guitar or keyboards, and the blending of jazz and rock drumming styles. Though the use of lead drums was not a new concept in jazz, it was relatively unheard of in rock. Upon joining Hendrix in late 1966, it became evident to Mitchell that the trio format of the band was similar to the recently formed Cream, and that it would allow him to become more free with his playing. Like a jazz drummer, Mitchell's playing not only provided a rhythmic support for the music, but also a source of momentum and melody.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Mitchell was part of the Gypsy Sun Experience, along with former Hendrix bassist Billy Cox and guitarist Gary Serkin.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared on Bruce Cameron's album Midnight Daydream that included Billy Cox, Buddy Miles and Jack Bruce.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    In 1986, Mitchell teamed up with jazz musician Greg Parker and made a music video session of Led Zeppelin's Black Dog.
    More Details Hide Details He did session work on Junior Brown's Long Walk Back album and participated in various Hendrix-related recordings, videos, and interviews.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    In 1974, he auditioned for Paul McCartney's band Wings but lost the part to Geoff Britton in another coin toss.
    More Details Hide Details For the rest of the 1970s through to the 1990s, Mitchell, semi-retired and living in Europe, continued to perform and occasionally record.
  • 1972
    After Hendrix's death, Mitchell finished production work with engineer Eddie Kramer on incomplete Hendrix recordings, resulting in the releases The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge. In 1972, he teamed up with guitarists Mike Pinera and April Lawton to form Ramatam.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded the first of Ramatam's two albums and were Emerson, Lake & Palmer's opening act at a number of concerts. Mitchell and Hendrix had been offered spots in the band Keith Emerson and Greg Lake were forming, but Carl Palmer got the drum position instead. Ramatam never achieved commercial success and Mitchell left the act before their second LP was released. Mitchell also performed in concerts with Terry Reid, Jack Bruce, and Jeff Beck as a substitute for drummer Cozy Powell. Mitchell drummed alongside John Halsey in the 1970s jam band, "Hinkleys Heroes", the only time he played alongside another drummer. Michael Jeffery, Hendrix's manager, relegated Mitchell and Noel Redding to paid employees without an ownership share in future revenues. This limited their earnings and led to Mitchell and Redding being largely excluded from sharing in revenues generated from the Experience. Financial hardship pressured Mitchell in the mid-1970s to sell a prized Hendrix guitar. He also sold his small legal claim to future Hendrix record sales for about $200,000.
  • 1969
    Mitchell also took part in Miles Davis' demo sessions for the 1969 album Bitches Brew, but did not appear on the final album.
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    While working with the Band of Gypsys from late 1969 until early 1970, Mitchell also collaborated with the Jack Bruce and Friends band along with ex-Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, keyboardist Mike Mandel and jazz-fusion guitarist and future The Eleventh House frontman Larry Coryell.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    In December 1968, Mitchell played with The Dirty Mac, an all-star band assembled for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.
    More Details Hide Details Others included John Lennon as vocalist and rhythm guitarist "Winston Leg-Thigh"; Yoko Ono providing improvised primal screams; Eric Clapton as guitarist, and Keith Richards as bassist. The group recorded a cover of "Yer Blues" as well as a jam called "Whole Lotta Yoko".
  • 1966
    Mitchell came from a jazz background, and like many of his contemporaries in the London scene, was influenced by Elvin Jones, Max Roach, and Joe Morello. He played in Hendrix's Experience trio from October 1966 to mid-1969, in the Woodstock band, (August 1969), and in the 1970 "Experience" version with Billy Cox on bass, known posthumously as the "Cry of Love band".
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    Mitchell auditioned for Hendrix's band in October 1966, edging out drummer Aynsley Dunbar on the flip of a coin.
    More Details Hide Details Mitchell's fast, driving, jazz influenced playing meshed well with Hendrix's open-ended, revolutionary approach to the electric guitar. Some highly praised examples of his collaboration with Hendrix include the songs "Manic Depression", "Stepping Stone", "Little Miss Strange", "Fire", "Third Stone from the Sun", and Hendrix's signature "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)".
  • 1965
    From December 1965 until October 1966, Mitchell was the drummer of Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, appearing on their 1966 album, Sweet Things.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2015 interview, Fame recalled, 'His main hero was jazz drummer Ronnie Stephenson and if you look at early film clips of Mitch, he had that Ronnie Stephenson look, the way he set his jaw. And he loved crashing around on the cymbals like Ronnie, but in my band I liked the arrangements pretty tight. When he started splashing around I'd say, 'Just play the hi-hat!'
    In 1965, he also replaced temporarily Viv Prince as drummer in the Pretty Things.
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  • 1960
    As a teenager, he starred in a children's television programme, Jennings and Derbyshire, and starred in a leading role in the 1960 British film Bottoms Up with Jimmy Edwards.
    More Details Hide Details Mitchell became a musician through working at Jim Marshall's drum shop on Saturdays while still at school. Early in his career, he gained considerable musical experience as a touring and session musician, working with Pete Nelson and the Travellers, Frankie Reid and the Casuals (1962), Johnny Harris and the Shades, The Pretty Things, Bill Knight & The Sceptres, The Riot Squad, and The Who as a session drummer while the band was in the process of replacing Doug Sandom with Keith Moon.
  • 1946
    Born on July 9, 1946.
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