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Z's School of Hard Rocks - Lesson 5 - JIMI HENDRIX
Z’s School of Hard Rocks - LESSON 5 - JIMI HENDRIX

BOYS, IT’S TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
JOHNNY ALLEN WAS HIS NAME. HE WAS BORN IN 1942. HIS MOM LUCILLE WAS JUST 17.  THE FAMILY SIMPLY REFERRED TO HIM AS BUSTER. SOON AFTER, BUSTER’S TWO LITTLE BROTHERS WERE BORN.

DAD WALKED OUT, MOM DIED IN 1958 AND BUSTER LIVED WITH RELATIVES AND AQUAINTENCES.
BUSTER TAUGHT HIMSELF TO PLAY GUITAR – FIRST BY STRUMMING HIS DAD’S BROOM.

BUSTER WOULD LATER TURN TO CRIME AND HE WAS GIVEN A CHOICE, JAIL OR TWO YEARS IN THE ARMY. HE CHOSE THE ARMY BUT WAS DISCHARGED A YEAR LATER BECAUSE HE HAD NO DISCIPLINE.

BUSTER GOT GOOD AT GUITAR. GOOD ENOUGH TO PLAY BACKUP FOR LITTLE RICHARD. SAM COOKE AND THE ISLEY BROTHERS.
HE BOUGHT SOME OF HIS OUTLANDISH STAGE CLOTHES FROM DESIGNER CHRIS JAGGER – MICK JAGGER’S BROTHER.

AND BUSTER HAD FUN WITH HIS FANS WHO SEEMED TO MIS-HEAR ONE OF BUSTER’S LYRICS. ON STAGE, BUSTER WOULD POINT TO BASS PLAYER NOEL REDDING OR DRUMMER MITCH MITCHELL WHEN HE SANG, “SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY (THIS GUY).”




BUSTER. . JIMI HENDRIX. IN THE SKY SINCE SEPTEMBER 18TH 1970.
I WAS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT DAY AND WHEN I FOUND OUT HE DIED I LEFT SCHOOL EARLY AND WENT TO MY JOB AT THE LOCAL DRUG STORE. IT WAS A THURSDAY, BUT IT FELT LIKE GOOD FRIDAY.  GOD HAD DIED.

AND THAT, GENTLEMEN, IS THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.