I'm pleased to say that the latest Jimi Hendrix anthology, West Coast Seattle Boy, from Legacy Recordings, features a track I that recorded with the great guitarist in the mid 60s. It’s called That Little Old Groove Maker.
West Coast Seattle Boy is a new four-CD box set that is a must for any serious Jimi Hendrix fan. Hendrix’s days on the “Chitlin’ Circuit” are represented here, featuring tracks from stints with the Isley Brothers, songwriter Don Covay (on his original recording of “Mercy Mercy”), and Little Richard, whom Hendrix hooked up with after a brief tenure playing the R&B clubs of Nashville.
Hendrix’s signature licks and intros, while still in their formative stages, can be heard throughout these early tracks, minus the volume and effects that would come a couple of short years later.
I hired Jimi to play on That Little Old Groove Maker during a session in New York City. Though never a big hit, it sold well. It’s ironic that the song has come back again on a Hendrix anthology.