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IKE & TINA TURNER

Tina Turner has denied Jimi ever having been in her band, Ike Turner in turn claimed that he even owned a guitar played by Jimi (see upi.com for example).

Jimi, however, stated on several occasions that he DID perform with Ike & Tina so I`ll take his word for it even though so far no photographs or other documentation has surfaced. The gigs took place in early 1965 around the West Coast of USA in between (or possibly on the same night on some occasions) Jimi`s gigs with Little Richard (see the Little Richard "Live Dates" -page.)

- interview published in the 18 March 1967 issue of "Humo" (Belgium): "In Los Angeles I had enough of him and played behind Ike and Tina Turner." Note that the original 1967 article is in Dutch, the English language translation quoted here was published in the book "Foxy Papers #1" compiled by Ben Valkhoff so the quote is twice removed from being a direct quote by Jimi.

- the liner notes of the 1967 UK Track Records pressing of "Are You Experienced" -lp mention that Jimi played with Ike & Tina "on the west coast". This information could only have come from Jimi.

- taped interview with Jimi recorded by Gus Gossert between 10-12 October 1968 at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco: "Yeah, I came out here before, yeah. I played here at the Fillmore with Ike and Tina and Little Richard about 4 or 5 years ago." This was on Sunday 21 February 1965 so roughly 3 and a half years before the interview took place (see the Little Richard "Live Dates" -page for more information.)

- taped interview with Jimi by Tony Palmer on 15 March 1968 at Clark University in Worcester: "...all these places like the Fillmore, I played there before with Ike & Tina you know, in the good ol', you know, "do you feel alright" -days."

 So even though Tina Turner doesn't remember it Jimi did play in the band - although probably for a very short period, perhaps for just one night. So far only one exact date is known, and even here it`s not entirely clear what Jimi`s participation was:

Sunday 21 February 1965 (WITH LITTLE RICHARD AND Ike and Tina Turner)
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Jimi - "Yeah, I came out here before, yeah. I played here at the Fillmore with Ike and Tina and Little Richard about 4 or 5 years ago." Taped interview with Gus Gossert between 10-12 October 1968 at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco. Note that Jimi seems to say that he played with BOTH Ike & Tina and Little Richard on this date, is it possible that Jimi just filled in for a missing guitarist for Ike & Tina on this and perhaps some other dates and never fully joined the Turner revue?

John Goddard: "My favourite Fillmore show was Little Richard. The auditorium was packed, but then again, I never went to the Fillmore during that era when it wasn't packed. Charles Sullivan really brought in the big name acts. I was a huge Little Richard fan, and I was up front, taking tons of pictures. It was only years later that I found out that the guitar player, who kept getting in the way, was Jimi Hendrix. I remember him because he played with his teeth and behind his neck, but to me that night, he was just this guitar player who kept getting in the way of me taking pictures of Little Richard." From the book "Harlem of the West - The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era" by Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts.

The date for the John Goddard picture (and hence the date of the concert) comes from the book "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" by Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber and is based on Goddard's calendar notes.