This is a colored pen drawing made by Jimi Hendrix. It belongs to James
"Tappy" Wright , a former roady of Hendrix from Whitley Bay. Tappy was
an employee of Mike Jeffery and had roadied for The Animals before
working with Hendrix. He was with hendrix throughout his career. Tappy
has two of Hendrix's drawings and is aware of another eighteen which
belonged to Jimi's US manager Bob Levine before he sold them to a
private collecter for $8000 each.
Maurice met Tappy in the late 1990s after hearing a rumour about a man in North Shields who had one of Jimi Hendrix's guitars. The Geordie lads got talking in the shop one day and the myth turned out to be true - Tappy had the guitar. It was too tempting for Maurice, who decided he had to buy it, and later put it on display in the shop window. Maurice said: "I've sold it now but I can't tell you how much for. It was part of the deal I didn't reveal who I sold it too or what the price was. There were lines of people queuing up in the shop to see it, and we hired two security guards to make sure it wasn't stolen."