Take the ingrained genius of one of Jazz’s finest ever acts, Miles Davis. Add to that the psychedelic virtuoso guitar of Jimi Hendrix and finish it with the saccharine pop sensibilities of The Beatles’ Paul McCartney – and you have an otherworldly supergroup. It’s the exact supergroup Hendrix tried to persuade McCartney to be a part of.
A telegram was once sent between Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney where the guitar player, likely engrossed in the growing Beatlemania which swarmed the earth, tried to convince the bassist to be in a supergroup with him, Tony Williams and the great Miles Davis.
While Hendrix and Davis have already been working together in New York with plans to record an album. A seamless collaboration considering that Davis was in his iconic Bitches Brew psychedelic phase. Now just to get that pesky Beatle. McCartney, one half of the most iconic songwriting partnership of all time, would have brought the much needed chart-topping musical nous.
Davis and Hendrix, in our mind giggling like teens asking a girl on a date, sent an impromptu telegram to The Beatles man with the hope they might convince him. It read, “We are recording an LP together this weekend. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alan Douglas 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams.”
Unfortunately, the recording would never take place as Rolling Stone reports: “It’s unclear if McCartney was aware of the request…. Beatles aide Peter Brown responded the next day, telling Hendrix and Davis that McCartney was out on vacation and wasn’t expected back for two weeks.”
We’re afraid for those wanting to get a good look at the piece of rock history needs to meet two specifications.
Firstly, if you don’t mind a heavily-pixelated image you can find the blown-up telegram below. Or, secondly, jump on a plane to the Czech Republic and see it in real life at the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague.
But for now, think what could’ve been with Jimi Hendrix’s cover of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ below.