Jimi holds auditions at the Birdland, off Jermyn Street, Soho, London.

Eric Burdon: “The first time I heard him play, I was in a rehearsal room putting together the New Animals, and this shadowy figure stepped into the room, and he just grabbed hold of Vic Briggs' guitar and in the same instant said, 'Do you mind if I have a jam?' you know, and cracked up into an uptempo blues jam with John Weider.”

Note: an unlikely description by Burdon of this alleged Weider/Hendrix jam - only remembered by him. Vic Briggs later denied he was there, as he was still engaged with Brian Auger's band.