Buddy Miles – Video of The Week!
Buddy Miles is this week’s video live from the Fillmore East. Circa 1971. Originally from Omaha, NE, he starts playing the drums at age nine, and joins his father’s jazz band at 12. In 1966, he joins Wilson Pickett’s touring revue, then blues-rock guitarist Mike Bloomfield.
Bloomfield invites Miles to join up, and the band Electric Flag makes their debut at the Monterey Pop Festival. With Buddy singing with Jimi Hendrix; Bloomfield leaves in 1968 along with the bass player shortly after. With the Electric Flag’s horn section in tow. He split to form his own group, the similarly eclectic Buddy Miles Express.
From December 1971 to April 1972, Miles tours with Carlos Santana, which produces the CBS-release concert document Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! that is recorded inside an inactive volcano in Hawaii, the album sold very well, climbing into the Top Ten. Miles cut a few more albums for CBS, participated in a short-lived Electric Flag reunion in 1974. Miles kept a low profile over the next decade, partly to battle personal problems.
Additionally, Miles rejoins his old friend Carlos Santana as the official lead vocalist of Santana during part of the late ’80s, making his studio debut in 1987’s Freedom. In the early ’90s, Miles plays with Bootsy Collins (both solo and as members of Hardware), and in 1994 he forms a new version of the Express and records Hell and Back. Sadly, he passes in 2008.
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