George Allen Miles, Jr. passed away 10 years ago today on Feb. 26, 2008. George …

Written by on February 26, 2018

George Allen Miles, Jr. passed away 10 years ago today on Feb. 26, 2008. George was known professionally as Buddy Miles and was an drummer, vocalist, composer, and producer. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag, a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles played and recorded with Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield, and others. Buddy sang lead vocals on the popular “California Raisins” claymation TV commercials and recorded two California Raisins R&B albums.

Buddy passed away at his home in Austin, Texas with his family by his side. According to his website, he died of congestive heart disease. There was a history of congestive heart failure in his family. His sister and mother both died of the same illness. It was known that his heart had certainly been struggling, working at only 15%, and his health had been consistently deteriorating over the previous few months. According to his friends, “…he had turned off his defibrillator and was ready for heaven.” There was no funeral as Miles was cremated. He was 60 years old.

The day before Buddy died, he heard Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton playing “Them Changes” at Madison Square Garden through his cell phone. “Them Changes” is now part of Clapton’s set on tour as a tribute to Buddy.

Is there something special you remember about Buddy?

RIP George. Your music will live on forever.

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