Jimi Hendrix Encyclopedia
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May 02nd, 1968
Recording for “Three Little Bears” would take place at the Record Plant, where Steve Winwood, Jack Casady and a host of others visited the group. Although Hendrix originally coined the title, “Cherokee Mist” for the session, he later settled on “Three Little Bears” as its final working title. Throughout the session, Jimi developed a jazzy rhythm pattern that would eventually become “South Saturn Delta.”
As the session progressed, Hendrix and bassist, Noel Redding get into a heated argument about the number of people in the studio. In his autobiography, Are You Experienced? Redding says, “There were tons of people in the studio – you couldn’t even move. It was a party not a session. He just said, ‘Relax man…’ I’d been relaxing for months, so I relaxed my way right out the place, not caring if I ever saw him again.”
Taking a break from the session Hendrix leads an entourage to their local hangout at the Scene Club for some fun. Afterwards, Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer, Winwood, Casady, Larry Coryell and others, return to the Record Plant to jam. These jams would become the foundation of “Voodoo Chile.” A number of recordings with Winwood and Casady participating were laid to tape on this night, with 3 of the takes being fused together as “Voodoo Chile Blues,” which was released on MCA’s 1994 release – :Blues.
May 22nd, 1968
Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding and his sister Vicki, and Eric Barrett arrive in Italy after flying from London’s Heathrow International Airport.
September 19th, 1968
Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell return to London, England.
October 01st, 1968
Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding return to Los Angeles. Hendrix travels from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu, Hawaii where he is promptly interviewed by Wayne Harada for the October 3 issue of The Honolulu Advertiser.
December 03rd, 1968
Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding return to London for the Christmas Holidays. During this time, Redding teamed up with Jim Leverton and Eric Dillon to record 12 tracks for the upcoming Fat Mattress album.