Noel Redding Folkestone's Own -
Noel Redding died Sunday May 11 2003 at his home
in Ireland at the age of 57.
In Folkestone and throughout Kent, Noel will be
particularly missed by his old friends from his earlier days who
have kept up the stories and mystique of the skinny kid from the
Marsh who really "made it".
During my time in the music business it seems that
everyone knew him, with his fuzzy hairdo pale complexion and quiet
personality. Those that didn't know him would pretend they did,
his name synonymous with success (Folkestone Style) but I suppose
the person who knew him better than anyone else over the past
few years his girlfriend, who said in the press " Noel
was an extremely gentle and gracious soul. He had a kind of chivalry
and nobility about him and he was kind to everyone bar none, people
and animals alike."
Noel, famous as the Bass player for the Jimi Hendrix
Experience between 1966 to 1969 had a varied and torturous career
in the music business.
At 9 Noel, played the violin at school, and then
mandolin at about 12 and guitar at fourteen years old. His first
public appearances were at Hythe Youth Club then at Harvey Grammar
School where he was a student due to take his GCE's.
Starting in Hythe as a young skinny teenager his
first local bands were
The Strangers: with John"Andy"
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.
Derek Knight on vocals, Trevor Sutton on Drums?, Noel Redding
on Lead Guitar and John Andrews on Bass .
Ttacks: Some Other Guy - Money - Talking About You - Anna
The Loving Kind: 1966 with Pete
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.
Noel was the first person to join the Experience
and that was by accident. He had gone to audition on guitar with
Eric Burdon of The Animals and got the job as Jimmy's Bass Player.
The rest is History.
After the split of the band Noel and Jimmy remained
friends. Noel went on to form - Fat Mattress with another Kent
musician Neil Landon on vocals , Jimmy 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
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 .
During the last 30 years, Noel has been living in
a large house in West Cork . He put the property up for sale in
2002 so he and partner Deborah McNaughton could move to a smaller
place in the country. Living on the rental of a cottage on the
property and royalties from music he wrote with other artists
he has also supplemented his income for the last 17 years playing
weekly at a local pub. Regular drummer with this band was Les
Sampson from Ashford who also moved to Cork some years ago.
Noel has featured in many recordings over the years
The Loving Kind
45s/ Singles: Accidental Love/Nothing Can Change This Love (Piccadilly
I Love The Things You Do/Treat Me Nice (Piccadilly 7N 35318)
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 (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 (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 and publicly he has spoken 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 bass guitar
he used during that time.
Book: Are You Experienced? (Redding/Appelby)Fourth Estate Books
A statement was released by "Experience Hendrix!,
the family enterprise which manages the Hendrix estate, it said,
"We at Experience Hendrix mourn the loss of Noel Redding.
His contributions to the Jimi Hendrix Experience shall never be
forgotten. Our prayers go out to his family and friends during
this difficult time."
Noel's Manager told billboard.com that the battle over money dating to Redding's
time with Hendrix was just about to enter a new phase. "We
were about to be in court over it, and we were on top,
Grant said. And now he will never know how it turns out.
I don't know what will happen with it now." Grant, who'd
been Redding's manager for the past two years, added, "I
was on a mission to right the wrongs that had been done to him."
Despite his bitterness about the way he thought the music business
had treated him, Redding always understood what his music meant
to fans, according to Jim Fricke, curatorial manager at the
Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle. "I don't think
he could have missed the impact of what he had done and the
joy he'd brought to people's lives, 'cause, you know, he was
a recognizable figure, Fricke said. And particularly
coming through the Jimi Hendrix gallery at Experience Music
Project, people lit up, and everyone kind of gravitated to him."
The EMP features among its permanent displays a stage set with
Redding's bass and amplifier alongside Mitch Mitchell's drums
and the guitar Hendrix played at the original Woodstock festival
in 1969. Fricke said that seeing his equipment in such a place
of honor made Redding proud. "He was really proud, I think,
to have this pride of place in a major cultural institution--that,
in itself, you know, he seemed to get some gratification from,
Fricke said. But just walking through the building, you
know, it's just person after person coming up to him and wanting
to shake his hand and all of that. So, I think he realized the
impact that he'd had."
Of his client and friend, Grant said, "In working with
him, I knew him as a very kind, considerate man, especially
given what happened to him with royalties and such. He struggled
at various times to reap the benefits of that part of his career...He's
now with Jimi, I guess, and they'll be comparing notes."