Johnny Jones & The King Casuals

Johnny JonesFrom: Nashville, TN, USA

Johnny Jones & The King Casuals were an R&B group from the 1960s. They performed regularly at the North Nashville club district, and Printer’s Alley clubs. The band also served as the house band for the local television program Night Train.

Originally named the King Kasuals, the band formed in 1962 with Jimi Hendrix and bassist Billy Cox. This was after the two had been discharged from the Fort Campbell Army post. Johnny Jones moved to Chicago where he practised the blues with Junior Wells, among others. Jones returned to Nashville in the early 1960s to become a session musician. Hendrix and Cox had moved to Nashville too, and Jones soon became the King Casuals’ new lead man. Jones replaced Hendrix in 1964. The band recorded a vast number of singles in later years, and the final recording featuring Jones was his 2001 solo release, Blues Is In The House.

Johnny Jones & The King Casuals recorded a version of Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” which became a popular R&B single. The song was played in the Northern soul clubs of the Midlands and the North of England during the late ’60s and early ’70s. Jones passed away on October 14, 2009, at the age of 73. ~ Wikipedia

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From the 1968 single “Purple Haze”
Purple Haze

  • Purple Haze