30 NOVEMBER • WEDNESDAY

London SW7, “Blaises”, 121 Queen’s Gate - Jimi (plus Chas Chandler) attend the Young Rascals concert

24 Sept/6 Dec
London W2, “Hyde Park Towers” hotel, 41-49 Inverness Terrace. During this period Jimi wrote a lot of songs and lyrics.

Lifelines contributor Renwick McNeill: “Stone Free” was almost certainly the first. Other songs were never released or even recorded, such as a hand written, untitled song lyric which was given the title “You Wait” taken from the first line - an accepted practice - for identification by collectors [Lot 321, Sotheby’s 17 December 1990 catalogue]. Following the publication of this hitherto unseen lyric in Janie Hendrix’ ‘The Ultimate Lyric Book’, it became clear to me that this was the song that Jimi spoke of as being titled ‘First Around The Corner’: “I dream a lot and I put a lot of dreams down as songs, I wrote one called ‘First Around The Corner’ and another called ‘The Purple Haze’, which was all about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.” And in an interview published in the March 1967 edition of Dutch magazine Muziek Express, “I dream a lot and much of that is expressed in my songs. For example in “First Look Around The Corner” and “The Purple Haze”. As this line appears on all four sides of these lyric sheets, with one minor variation, ‘step’ instead of ‘look’, I feel that is safe to re-title this piece (correctly) as, ‘First [Look] Around The Corner’. [Also, it seems to me, and others, that the untitled instrumental recording “Title #3” may be the music for this?]
 
Nov/Dec
London - Audition of bass guitarist David Knights (who later ended up in the first line-up of Procol Harum) in order to try Noel Redding as rhythm guitarist, but Jimi was against the idea of two guitarists as he thought it would make them sound too much like other groups, so the idea was dropped... ??

London SW7, “The Cromwellian Club”, Cromwell Road, South Kensington - Jimi jams with Lol Coxhill (saxophone) and others.

Lol Coxhill: “Jimi came along to sit in with a few friends and myself... We all met prior to the gig in a convenient pub and I left briefly to buy some cold sore treatment from the nearby chemist. When I returned I was asked what the bottle contained and explained that if mixed with beer the liquid created a hallucinatory effect for anyone who might drink it. Then I tipped most of it into my beer, leaving enough for my lip and drank it, assuming that apart from spoiling the beer, it would have no effect whatsoever. When I went onto the low stage, I imagined that it was about fifteen feet high and the band’were hovering above a crowd of people who were dancing in a pool of blood. Hendrix was transformed into a life-size hardboard replica of himself. I remember the occasion as something which I observed as if watching a film of myself in that situation. Apparently it was a very good gig, but I can’t remember much else about it.” (note: most likely this jam took place in November 1966, although not confirmed).