Buddy Miles joined Jimi Hendrix and bassist Billy Cox in the Band of Gypsys, called “the first black rock group,” in the early 1970s. Buddy Miles, drummer.
Buddy Miles, the rock and R&B drummer, singer and songwriter whose eclectic career included stints playing with Jimi Hendrix and as the lead voice of the California Raisins, the animated clay figures that became an advertising phenomenon in the late 1980s, has died. He was 60.
Miles died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas, according to an announcement on his website.