Harlem soul singer, Curtis Knight met Hendrix at the Americana hotel in 1965 and their musical collaborating began. Hendrix joined Knight’s group, The Squires, touring what came to be known as the “Chitlin’ Circuit” playing a host of Knight originals along with other hits of the day as well as blues standards. Backed by PPX International, several early recording sessions yielded such songs as “How Would You Feel?”, “Gloomy Monday” & “Fool For You Baby”. After leaving the States for London where Chas Chandler of The Animals was helping to launch The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi returned to the PPX studios in mid-1967 with his newly purchased Wha-Wha pedal and recorded another crop of songs with Curtis including “Happy Birthday”, “Flashing” and “Hush Now”.
These important songs represent a vital evolution point, not only in the musical journey’s both of Knight and Hendrix, but also in the greater time-line of rock, funk & soul, and there eventual fusion.
Sony Legacy has teamed up with the Jimi Hendrix Estate and has begun the process of re-mastering and re-releasing this historic music curated by none other than Jimi’s long time engineer, Eddie Kramer. The first offering is You Can’t Use My Name-The RSVP/PPX Sessions which drops March 23, 2015. For more information see: http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/home