(Gibson) On this day in 2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the classic Hendrix albums 'Are You Experienced', 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland.' Gibson takes a look back:
Noel Redding was, according to his manager Ian Grant, "very kind-hearted and warm. Take away his role as the bass player in the largest rock trio of all time, and strip away all the glory of his musical career. As a human being he was a fabulous guy."
That rock trio was the Jimi Hendrix Experience, for whom the guitar-playing Redding switched to bass and ended up working on three seminal Hendrix albums.
Born in the seaside town of Folkestone in England on Christmas Day, 1945, Redding went the art school route into the music business, playing with various bands and culminating in a residency in Germany with the Burnettes. But it was going nowhere fast and Redding was contemplating applying to be a milkman when, in 1966, he saw an ad in Melody Maker. more on this story