Jimi Hendrix’s Estate Files A Lawsuit Against His Former Bandmates
It was recently reported that Jimi Hendrix estate and Sony Music decided to file a lawsuit against his bandmates from The Jimi Hendrix Experiences after Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell’s estates demanded the band members’ royalties earned from streaming and sales through a letter.
After Jimi Hendrix drew famous manager and producer Chas Chandler’s attention with his remarkable Hendrix’s version of ‘Hey Joe,’ he signed a management and production contract in 1966. Then, Chandler started looking for new members to found a band to promote and highlight Hendrix’s talent. Ultimately, he recruited Noel Redding as the bassist and Mitch Mitchell as the drummer.
Thus, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was founded and started their performances which were appreciated a lot, except one of them. During the band’s BBC appearance in January 1969, they were scheduled to perform ‘Voodoo Child ‘and ‘Hey Joe,’ but Hendrix stopped in the middle of ‘Hey Joe’ and wanted to pay tribute to Cream, who had announced their disbandment, by playing ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’ A short time later, the problems between Hendrix and Redding started to arise because of personal differences.
This caused the band’s breakup in the same year, and they went separate ways. Unfortunately, Hendrix died of asphyxia on September 18, 1970. Furthermore, both Redding and Mitchell passed away, but the legal battle between these musicians’ estates started many years after the band members’ deaths. British attorney Lawrence Abramson recently sent a letter to Sony to claim The Jimi Hendrix members’ royalties worth approximately $3 billion.
According to the news, the company and Hendrix’s estate saw this letter as a threat and prepared for a lawsuit to clarify the copyright situation. According to Dorothy Weber, the lawyer representing Jimi Hendrix’s estate, Janie Hendrix, and Sony Music, both Redding and Mitchell signed a deal and agreed not to claim the band’s royalties and file any lawsuits in the future. However, the estates emphasized that these documents aren’t valid right now, but Weber wants to find a judge who will rule that they don’t owe any money to the estates, and thus, there is no violation.