Self-taught guitarist James Hendrix met bassist Billy Cox in the Air Force, and they formed a group. In June 1966, Hendrix, now in New York, formed Jimmy James And The Blue Flames, and was persuaded by Chas Chandler to go to London. Auditions were held for Hendrix's backing group and Noel Redding was selected on bass, while John 'Mitch' Mitchell became the drummer. In December the trio released their first single, 'Hey Joe,' followed by the truly dynamic 'Purple Haze' and an astonishing debut album. The Experience enjoyed reverential audiences on America's concert circuit and Axis: Bold As Love emerged in December 1967, completing a triumphant year. Electric Ladyland, the last official Experience album, arrived in October 1968. Disbanding the Experience, Hendrix formed Gypsies Sons And Rainbows, who backed him at the Woodstock Festival, where he performed his famed rendition of the national anthem. In October he formed Band Of Gypsies, with Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. They disbanded after three concerts. Hendrix then went to his Electric Ladyland recording studio, started work on a new album, and resumed performing with Cox and Mitchell. In 1970, Hendrix returned to London, where, on September 18th, he was found dead in his apartment.