Jimi Hendrix was afraid


Jimi and Tich meeting in Berlin
Competitors before a microphone – good friends in private:
Two hard competitors in show-business – peacefully united at the same table. I managed this rare shot shortly before the start of the television recordings with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in Berlin.
Not to withhold this rare meeting from posterity, I requested Jimi and Tich to sit together for the camera.
So they did – to prove that in private they were good friends.

This letter, written by Bravo reader Claus-Dieter Schmidt, was published in Bravo 1967/46, dated November 6th.
Like London-upon-Thames and Paris-upon-Seine, Berlin-upon-Spree was one of the 60′s pop music European capitals. The TV show mentioned here was “4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet”, a ZDF (second channel) Saturday afternoon monthly show, hosted by Lotti Ohnesorge. The Jimi Hendrix-Dave Dee episode was broadcast on 2 September 1967. It was not a live show, so the recording took place sometime before, probably at the end of August 1967. Jimi Hendrix arrived in Berlin on 31 August.
On 1st September, Barry Gibb gave a party at the “Hotel Arosa” in Berlin for his 21st birthday. Jimi Hendrix and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich were invited.

The two groups had already met in Frankfurt and Offenbach, for a common “Beat, Beat, Beat” Show on German TV in May 1967. But their first encounter was on 26 February 1967, in Southend, Essex, where Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich topped the bill – contrary to what is sometimes indicated elsewhere. At the time, Hendrix was only at the start of his new-found fame, and he was not yet the crowd-puller he was to become soon.




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