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SUPPORT BUDDY MILES IN HIS EFFORTS TO OVERTURN HIS UNREWARDED WORK HISTORY. Buddy is in a point in his life that he should not have to tour to make a living on behalf of the rich recording history that he has been a part of. Sign this petition to show a public sign of support. PASS THIS LINK ON after signing. Simply cut and past the address into an email and share this information.


Buddy Miles Sues Hendrix Estate, L.A. Labels
Tue October 21, 2003 08:15 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Drummer Buddy Miles is suing the estate of Jimi Hendrix and several record labels for millions of dollars, alleging he was not paid royalties for his collaborations with the guitarist more than 30 years ago.

The drummer in Hendrix's short-lived Band of Gypsys, Miles, 56, said in the suit filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, that he received virtually no money for his work.

The band was formed in 1969 and Miles left a year later. He said his collaborations with Hendrix produced 38 songs that he either performed on or co-wrote, including "Vodoo Child," "Rainy Day Dream Away," and "Machine Gun."

"Buddy helped Jimi co-write songs during the course of their friendship and partnership," said Brenton Horner, a lawyer for Miles.

As an unknown in 1965, Hendrix signed a one-page contract to create an album for Ed Chalpin, a principal in independent label PPX. Hendrix, Miles and bassist Billy Cox formed the Band of Gypsys, one of the first all-black rock bands, to make an album to fulfill Hendrix's obligation to PPX, according to the suit.

Horner said there was a "verbal understanding" between Miles and Hendrix that they would share proceeds of the songs, but their professional relationship got sidetracked. Horner said Miles left the band after Hendrix's manager sabotaged a performance in Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 1970, by slipping Hendrix LSD backstage prior to the show, rendering him unable to perform. Hendrix died in September 1970.

The suit names Experience Hendrix LLC, Authentic Hendrix LLC, Dagger Records, Vivendi Universal's MCA Records and Universal Music and Video Distribution, EMI Group Plc's Capitol Records and EMI Records, and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros Records, as defendants.

Hendrix' stepsister, Janie Hendrix, who has the rights to his music and likeness and who runs Experience Hendrix, declined comment. Universal, Warner and EMI also declined comment.

Horner, said Miles only recently resolved litigation with his prior management "who he believes kept him largely in the dark. Since then we've been trying to recreate and reconstruct Buddy's business affairs over the past 30 years."

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  • 18 October 2015200. Meridith H
    I have SO many fond memories of Buddy
  • 17 September 2015199. Diane P
    I support this petition
  • 01 September 2015198. Octavia Reese
    The creative genus that went in making legandery music, that has and still generate obscene profit for decades, need to be properly compensated! It's the pits when musicians have to go to these lengths to be "rightfully" paid for talent that millions appr
  • 22 August 2015197. Jocelyn B
    I support this petition
  • 22 August 2015196. Matt H
    Give Buddy his due!!
  • 03 August 2015195. Aleksander S
    What you've made is yours
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    buddy is my favorite musican ever i am lucky to have ever heard him
  • 17 June 2015193. Greg S
    I support this petition
  • 05 June 2015192. Ryan Pd
    Buddy , With the Power Of Soul, anything is possible!
  • 18 May 2015191. Edward Anthonyg
    A living legend is Buddy Miles
  • 15 May 2015190. Leif J
    I would love to see you play. When I was seven or eight I had your record in Italy, and I used to listen to it all the time...along with a (sorry} Judy Garland lp.Last year I was in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and was dismayed to find you had performed at The
  • 31 March 2015189. John M
    give buddy the money
  • 23 February 2015188. Chief T
    Buddy Miles as well as the others involved in the Experience and or Band of Gypsys Should be paid royalties
  • 20 February 2015187. Juan Simpson
    Thihs is just another reason why the music industry is such a rackett, buddy Miles is part of the reason why Band Of Gypsys was such a huge success, he deserves to share in the profits. This should NOT even be an issue to petition. Shine on Buddy, your a
  • 12 December 2014186. Dave A
    I did a summer of shows in 1999 with Riki Hendrix...and Bob Burns ..original drummer from Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • 04 November 2014185. Leonard F
    I've been a Buddy Miles fan from day one, and it's the right thing to do.
  • 23 October 2014184. David C
    I support this petition
  • 14 October 2014183. Greg H
    "Them Changes " need to be happening for Mr. Buddy Miles.Please pay the Man his Due.
  • 13 October 2014182. Norman Bc
    Buddy, get all you can get from the big boys. Be in touch if you can. Best, Norman
  • 29 September 2014181. Mike S
    I support this petition
  • 19 September 2014180. Petition Authorstefeni
    Buddy, im glad we talked before you passed on. I will always love you big brother Bud'-
  • 19 August 2014179. Monty S
    I support this petition
  • 16 July 2014178. Dave B
    Buddy Miles deserves this and alot more! What a fantastic drummer, songwriter and all around great guy! Screw the music big wigs for ripping these great musicians off!
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    I support this petition
  • 11 July 2014176. Trudi B
    Buddy has the "Power of Soul"..he'll be blessed
  • 26 June 2014175. Teddy Yatesj
    Please pay the man his fair share...would be nice to if Buddy and Glenn Hughes(ex Deep Purple) did a project together.
  • 23 May 2014174. Elizabeth B
    I support this petition

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