This Day in Black History: July 17, 1967

Jimi Hendrix

This Day in Black History: July 17, 1967

Jimi Hendrix ended his collaboration with The Monkees on July 17, 1967.

Published July 17, 2014

On July 17, 1967, the interesting collaboration of rock/pop band The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix fell apart when the rock star dropped out as their opening act.

The pairing wasn’t Hendrix’s idea to begin with. Hendrix's manager Mike Jeffery wanted to increase the rock legend’s popularity in the United States through a Monkees collaboration.

"Oh God, I hate them! Dishwater....You can't knock anybody for making it, but people like The Monkees?” Hendrix said in an interview with Melody Maker magazine when asked about the band months before the tour launched. 

After seven shows with the group, Hendrix was done.

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Written by Nicole Phillip


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