The Blue Flames

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Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts

Jimi Hendrix, Record Mirror, 3 October 1970

Jimmy James and the Blue Flames was a short-lived American rock band that was fronted by Jimi Hendrix, who was then going by the name “Jimmy James”. The band was Hendrix’s first extended foray into the 1966 Greenwich Village music scene and included future Spirit guitarist Randy California. At various New York clubs, the Blue Flames played a mix of rock, blues, and rhythm and blues songs as well as early versions of songs that became part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience repertoire.