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Billy Cox

Noel Redding was the better-known of the two bassists who appeared alongside Jimi Hendrix during his brief recording career between 1967 and 1970 (due to the fact that he played on Hendrix's most acclaimed recordings), but Billy Cox had known and played alongside Hendrix longer. Cox originally met Hendrix back in 1961, when both were serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in Fort Campbell, KY. Cox was taken by guitar playing he heard coming from inside a Service Club on the military base one day, which turned out to be Hendrix, and soon after led to the pair holding jam sessions. Both left the military at around the same time, which led to the duo forming the R&B outfit the King Kasuals, and subsequent steady gigs on the Chitlin' Circuit (the black club scene in the south). Hendrix had decided by the mid '60s to try his luck elsewhere and relocated to New York City, where he was discovered by ex-Animals bassist Chas Chandler. When plans were made for Hendrix to put a band together in England, he phoned Cox with an invite to go along with him, which Cox politely declined -- opting instead to back R&B acts passing through the area.

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