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Died On This Date (May 11, 2003) Noel Redding / Jimi Hendrix Experience

Posted by themusicsover on May 11, 2010

David “Noel” Redding
December 25, 1945 – May 11, 2003

Noel Redding is best remembered as the bassist for the Jimi Hendrix Experience from 1966 to 1969.  He played on the three landmark albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland.  Redding first learned to play the violin when he was just nine, and soon became proficient on the mandolin and guitar as well.  But it was the bass that he finally settled on, and by the time he was 16, he was playing it in his first local bands.  Five years later, he became the first to join Hendrix in the Experience.  He left the group in 1969.  Redding also recorded with a handful of other projects as well, the Loving King, Fat Mattress, Road, and the Noel Redding Band, which was sometimes referred to as the Clonakilty Cowboys.   He all but retired from music in 1972, resurfacing occasionally to play at special occasions, including at a 1993 Phish show.  On May 11, 2003,  Noel Redding died from complications of cirrhosis of the liver.  He was 57 years old.

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