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Noel Redding (25 December, 1945 - May 11, 2003) was a rock & roll guitarist but best known as the bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Born in Kent, England, he was selected by Chas Chandler to join Hendrix's band in 1966, and left in 1969. Although he appeared in other bands before and after after Hendrix's death, he never achieved a similar level of success, and retired to Cork in Ireland in 1972.
At 9 Noel, played violin at school and then mandolin at about 12 and guitar at fourteen years old. His first public appearances were at the Hythe Youth Club then at Harvey Grammar School where he was a student due to take his CGE's.
His first local bands were:- The Strangers: with John 'Andy' Andrews (Bass)
The Lonely Ones: 1961 - John Andrews ( Bass) - Bob Hiscocks (Rhythm guitar) - Mick Wibley (Drums) - Pete Kircher (Vocals and in'63 drums) The Lonely Ones made (45 EP vinyl, private record)at the Hayton Manor Studio in Stanford Kent in 1963. With Derek Knight on vocals, Trevor Sutton on Drums?, Noel Redding on Lead Guitar and John Andrews on Bass . First recordings: Some Other Guy - Money - Talking About You - Anna
The Loving Kind: 1966 with Pete(Kircher)Carter Drums - Jim Leverton Bass - Derek Knight Vocals
At 17 Noel had gone professional and on touring in Scotland and Germany, in the clubs with The Burnettes and The Loving Kind.
After the split of The Jimi Hendrix Experience Noel and Jimmy remained friends. Noel went on to form - Fat Mattress with another Kent musician Neil Landon on vocals , Jim Leverton from Dover and Eric Dillon, the drummer, from Swindon.
Whilst living in Los Angeles. Noel joined Road a Heavy Metal outfit. They released one Album : Road (1972) Kama Sutra
Noel moved to Ireland in 1972
He formed The Noel Redding Band with Eric Bell from Thin Lizzy, Dave Clark and Les Samson. They did two albums for RCA, three tours of Holland, two tours of England, one tour of Ireland and a ten week tour in America. This ending in tears after a dispute with their management company . Noel has featured in many recordings over the years including
The Loving Kind 45s/ Singles: Accidental Love/Nothing Can Change This Love (Piccadilly 7N 35299)1966 I Love The Things You Do/Treat Me Nice (Piccadilly 7N 35318) 1966 Ain't That Peculiar/With Rhyme And Reason (Piccadilly 7N 35342)1966
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967) Polydor - Axis Bold As Love (1967) Polydor - Electric Ladyland (1968) Polydor - Smash Hits (1968) Polydor - Radio One (1989) Castle Communications
Fat Mattress Fat Mattress (1969) Polydor - Fat Mattress II (1970) Polydor 45/Singles:Naturally/Iridescent Butterfly (Polydor 56352) 1969 - Magic Lanterns/Bright New Way (Polydor 56367) 1970 - Highway/Black Sheep Of The Family (Polydor 2058 053) 1970
Road Road (1972) Kama Sutra
Noel Redding Band (AKA The Clonakilty Cowboys) Clonakilty Cowboys (1975) RCA - Blowin (1976) RCA 45s/Singles: Roller Coaster Kids/Snowstorm ( RCA 2662) - Take It Easy/Back On The Road Again (RCA PB 9026)
In his book 'Are You Experienced (Redding/Appelby)Fourth Estate Books' and publicly he spoke openly about his disappointment in his being cut off from the profits of the continued sale of the Hendrix recordings. He was forced to sign away his royalties in 1974. and later had to sell the bass guitar he used during that time.
He died at his home in Ireland at the age of 57.