Jimi in Newcastle
Jimi came to England in September 1966. He moved into Chas Chandlers flat
at Hyde Park Towers in London. When Chas and Jimi were in our region for
shows they sometimes stayed at Chas's Mother's flat at 35 Second Avenue
in Heaton. |
Chas Chandlers Mother's flat in Heaton (the downstairs flat in the
Dave Sproat from the Junco Partners remembers meeting Jimi Hendrix in the Quay Club (this used to be on the bottom of Dean Street opposite the Crown Pasada). He said "we met him courtesy of Terry McVey who brought him down to the Quay Club when we were playing and was good enough to introduce him to us. He was very polite I remember. " (Terry McVey was the road manager for the Animals). This could refer to 10th March 1967 as the Jimi Hendrix Experience was playing at the Club A Go Go that night and the Junco Partners were playing at the Quay Club too. Jimi could have popped along between sets while the equipment was being moved from the "Young Set" to the "Jazz Lounge".
Chas Chandler said "Jimi and I were staying at my mother's house in Newcastle. As we were sitting there talking, I decided to walk down to the phone box, because my mother had not put one in yet, to ring London and see how things were going. Hey Joe had leapt to Number 7 in the charts, and I knew we were really on our way."
Kathy Etchingham said in her book "Through Gypsy Eyes" ....... “On one occasion Chas did come with us, when we were playing near his home town. ‘To save money,’ he said, ‘We’ll skip the hotel and stay with my mum and dad.’ He took us to a tiny, back-to-back tenement house which didn’t even have running water. ‘You guys can’t sleep together here Kathy,’ he warned me. ‘You and Lotta will have to share and I’ll go in with Jimi.’ I think Lotta must have imagined I was going to rape her because she climbed into bed with all her clothes on, although, of course it might just have been because of the cold. Chas made us sternly vow never to tell anyone that he had slept with Jimi Hendrix. ‘Of course not,’ we promised.”
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Kirk Levington near Middlesbrough on the 15th January 1967. This was their first show in the north east. After the show the whole band headed up to Newcastle and spent the night at Chas Chandlers flat (his mother's flat) in Heaton. Noel Reading said in a letter to Caesar Glebbeck in November 1988 that they had "stayed up all night drinking". Thankyou to Caesar Glebbeck for this information.
Noel Redding says in his book "Are You Experienced" that after their gig at the Imperial Hotel in Darlington on 2nd February 1967 they headed up to Newcastle to attend a party with the Moody Blues at the Club A Go Go. The Moody Blues had been playing at the nearby club La Dolce Vita. The act at the Club A Gogo that night was Alexis Korner. John Wood (drummer with local band the Junco Partners) was also at the Club A Gogo that night and remembers Hendrix being there “I saw him once relaxing in the Club A’Gogo in Newcastle. The DJ was trying to get him to play with Alexis Korner who was on stage but he said he was shattered and couldn’t play."
Ian Currie remembers Jimi
turning up at a party at his home in Jesmond on 2nd February 1967,
presumably after the Alexis Korner show at the Club A Gogo. Ian's
mother and sister Sonia both worked at La Dolce Vita and often brought
friends and celebrities back to their flat at 72 Fern Avenue after work.
Ian was twelve at the time. These are his words from the "North East
Music History" blog.....
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