Author Topic: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)  (Read 29714 times)

Offline Editor

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4099
  • Karma: 17
    • View Profile
    • Hackensack Now
Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« on: November 24, 2005, 09:14:37 PM »
I had known for a while that Jimi Hendrix had played in Hackensack but I was never sure where.  Eventually, someone sent me an email telling me that he played at "George's Club 20".  For about a year, no one could tell me where George's was.  Finally, I met someone who used to frequent Georges and he told me it was on the corner of Moore and Bridge Street near the Courthouse.   I was absolutely floored when someone from the UK saw this information on my triva page and eventually sent me the following photos of Jimi actually playing at George's.  Amazing. 













Hendrix also did an album called Hackensack Blues, although I'm not sure exactly where it was recorded:



Click here for more information
« Last Edit: November 29, 2005, 11:18:58 PM by Editor »



Offline BLeafe

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 3110
  • Karma: 28
    • View Profile
    • Bob Leafe Photography
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2006, 04:10:59 PM »
Jimi Hendrix/George's Club 20

Hendrix did indeed play at George's Club 20 and the location given is accurate (address: 20 Bridge St). At the time, he was playing guitar with King Curtis and the date is probably in the last week of 1965 or possibly the first week in 1966. I have a CD-R of the show, and I've heard that there is apparently a longer one available.


"Hackensack Blues" album

The Hackensack Blues album is a Canadian product that has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Hackensack, aside from possibly being named because of Jimi's friendship with George. I have 2 copies of that album. It doesn't say where it was recorded, though it shows a picture supposedly of Hendrix in a NY studio for "first mix".
Like music? Like photography? Step into my office: http://xrl.us/BobL - - - - - - - http://xrl.us/BobsDarkness

Offline Editor

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4099
  • Karma: 17
    • View Profile
    • Hackensack Now
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2006, 11:44:02 AM »


This record album is EARLY JIMI HENDRIX. It is on the BARON label of Melrose Mass. It is record #105. Hendrix plays: DRIVING SOUTH, I'M A MAN, ON THE KILLIN' FLOOR, CALIFORNIA NIGHT, AIN'T THAT PECULIAR, WHAT'D I SAY AND BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY. The jacket states: "recorded live by Ed Chalpin at George's Club 20 in Hackensack New Jersey during a performance by Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight in 1965".

Thanks to Bob Leafe for this info.  I put a bid on this on ebay.  If I can get the album, I try to upload some sound clips.  
« Last Edit: October 06, 2009, 01:12:53 AM by BLeafe »

Offline BLeafe

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 3110
  • Karma: 28
    • View Profile
    • Bob Leafe Photography
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2006, 12:54:40 PM »
There are sooooo many variations of this show out there on LP and CD. I don't think I've seen this particular 7-song LP before. My CD-R has 10 songs, but only 4 match with this LP. I think I once saw a 20-song version somewhere.

I just listened to the first cut ("Drivin' South"). Jimi is introduced as "Jimmy James" - the name he went by back then, but there's no mistaking that voice when you hear it (BTW - he had a band in 1966 called "Jimmy James and the Blue Flames").

During that introduction, he's asked, "What are you gonna do, Jimmy, on this Christmas plus one?", so that should confirm the performance date of December 26, 1965.

Too bad I didn't cruise a block off Main St. that night.

If you don't win the album, Editor, you can copy mine if you want.
Like music? Like photography? Step into my office: http://xrl.us/BobL - - - - - - - http://xrl.us/BobsDarkness

Offline Editor

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4099
  • Karma: 17
    • View Profile
    • Hackensack Now
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2006, 06:18:36 PM »
I got it.

Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight: 12/26/65 in Hackensack:

Click here to listen to the first few moments of the album.

This is an .mp3 file and will open in Windows Media Player.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2006, 06:47:43 PM by Editor »

Offline Editor

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4099
  • Karma: 17
    • View Profile
    • Hackensack Now
Hendrix: George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 11:39:00 AM »
Thanks Bob.

This is on ebay here.

Offline Editor

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4099
  • Karma: 17
    • View Profile
    • Hackensack Now
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009, 01:26:16 AM »
Hendrix, Knight performing "What'd I Say" in Hackensack on 12/26/65 (audio only):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/7m-z97S_Dts&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/7m-z97S_Dts&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
« Last Edit: December 23, 2009, 01:28:26 AM by Editor »

Offline Chief Oratam

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 126
  • Karma: 2
    • View Profile
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2009, 08:16:18 PM »
This is great stuff....Thanks for sharing folks.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2009, 10:48:11 PM by BLeafe »

Offline RPOZ51

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Karma: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010, 10:23:55 PM »
Great stuff.  Thanks to everyone for the great info.

To ocntribute to the conversation, I recently found this site:  http://www.earlyhendrix.com/curtis-knight-and-the-squires-live.html

where the author makes this statement:

Quote
"The George's Club, Hackensack, New Jersey, 26 December 1965 date often given for these tracks is not correct. The location was taken from a song introduction, but it happens to belong to one of the tracks that was definately recorded in the studio. The date might be correct for some of these songs."

Offline BLeafe

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 3110
  • Karma: 28
    • View Profile
    • Bob Leafe Photography
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2010, 12:47:55 AM »
Jimi Hendrix' "Hackensack Blues" LP

http://xrl.us/HackensackBlues

Seller's description:

This album is very clean with only very light wear, visible only if held up to a light. Nice shiny vinyl. Cover is in good condition as well, with only the beginnings of some ring wear at the very top and bottom. No split seams.

The only surface noise is at the beginning of Drivin South and during parts of Get Out Of My Life. Otherwise, a pretty clean playing record. Ive not attempted to clean this disc with fluids.

There is an excellent explanation of these recordings on the Drivin South album review at: http://pagesperso-orange.fr/hendrix.guide/before.htm


OK, kids - here's your chance! This is worth it just for the cover. This should be framed and hanging in City Hall. Since that'll never happen, let me be the first to suggest that it hang in the Hackensack History Museum/Cultural Center or whatever the Masonic Hall becomes.

(Click to enlarge picture)
« Last Edit: January 14, 2010, 09:56:32 AM by Editor »
Like music? Like photography? Step into my office: http://xrl.us/BobL - - - - - - - http://xrl.us/BobsDarkness

Offline BLeafe

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 3110
  • Karma: 28
    • View Profile
    • Bob Leafe Photography
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2010, 04:07:15 PM »
Editor,

Unfortunately, your video of "What'd I Say" has been deleted.

Fortunately, I found another that's supposedly from that same night at George's - a nice stereo version of the Stones' "Satisfaction" (!) After the only visual (a Hendrix picture that's reversed), it's audio only:


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/gENgE7Ue69w&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/gENgE7Ue69w&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>



.
Like music? Like photography? Step into my office: http://xrl.us/BobL - - - - - - - http://xrl.us/BobsDarkness

Offline BLeafe

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 3110
  • Karma: 28
    • View Profile
    • Bob Leafe Photography
"What'd I Say" LP (another C. Knight/Hendrix/George's Club 20 variation)
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2010, 12:51:50 AM »
Description:

You are bidding on a LP record album from Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight called WHAT'D I SAY
MFP Music for Pleasure #MFP 5278 Made in England 1970 Produced by Ed Chalpin. Manufactured by EMI
This was recorded live at George's Club 20 in Hackensack, NJ
VERY RARE EARLY Jimi Hendrix! Out of Print and hard to find!

Side 1:

    * DRIVING SOUTH 7:30
    * CALIFORNIA NIGHT 5:08

Side 2:

    * ON THE KILLIN' FLOOR (KILL 'EM SLOW) 3:59
    * WHAT'D I SAY 3:18
    * I'LL BE DOGGONE 3:39
    * BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY 3:16


Album cover in good condition. Shows a some shelf-wear on all edges, front and back, beginning to split in middle of spine edge. Spot on front near top were a sticker had been removed, taking a small piece of the surface (see pic). Album has sticker on back, near bottom that says "MADE IN ENGLAND"
Has original inner sleeve, in good condition.
Disc is in VERY good condition with one very light surface scratch on side 2. Disc has sticker on label "MADE IN ENGLAND"
I don't have a working turntable, I can only give a visual inspection, so I cannot guarantee the sound quality of this record.
Album sold "as-is".



I'm posting this to show another variation of what's been put out from this gig. Editor's "Early" album has 7 cuts. This one has 6. My CD-R has 10, but only 3 that are on Editor's LP and 4 that are on this album, where none of the song lengths are the same on the songs that DO match up - some differ by over a minute.

This seller listed his 6 cuts and Editor listed his 7 above, so for the record, my CD-R has:

 1. Drivin' South (Instrumental)
 2. Ain't That Peculiar?
 3. I'll Be Doggone
 4. I've Got A Sweet Little Angel
 5. Bright Lights, Big City
 6. Get Out Of My Life Woman
 7. Last Night (Instrumental)
 8. Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
 9. What'd I Say?
10. Shotgun


When I put the CD-R into iTunes, I saw "PPX Studio Recordings (Live at George's Club 20) - Disc 4 of 6" show up in the disc info. Wow - could there really be 6 discs-worth of recordings from George's?

I found this: http://www.discogs.com/Jimi-Hendrix-The-Complete-PPX-Studio-Recordings/release/1326994           

Jimi Hendrix - The Complete PPX Studio Recordings (see second image)

There ARE 6 discs in this package, but only one from George's, which is the only disc in the group with an identifiable recording location.



.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2010, 01:00:47 AM by BLeafe »
Like music? Like photography? Step into my office: http://xrl.us/BobL - - - - - - - http://xrl.us/BobsDarkness

Offline Editor

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4099
  • Karma: 17
    • View Profile
    • Hackensack Now
Hendrix Video (George's)
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010, 12:10:11 AM »
On the killing floor - Jimi Hendrix

YouTube tag says: "possibly recorded at George's Club 20, Hackensack, New Jersey, 26 dicembre 1965"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/MAN5euXaZeE&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/MAN5euXaZeE&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;fs=1</a>
« Last Edit: July 06, 2010, 12:17:22 AM by Editor »

Offline BLeafe

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 3110
  • Karma: 28
    • View Profile
    • Bob Leafe Photography
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2010, 11:13:21 AM »
I had known for a while that Jimi Hendrix had played in Hackensack but I was never sure where.

Here's something I just found out in The Record today: before he played in Hackensack, Jimi lived in Englewood for two years with the Isley Brothers family.


http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/celebrities/106500483_Isley_brother_reflects_on_Jimi_Hendrix_s_Englewood_days.html?page=all



Isley brother reflects on Jimi Hendrix's Englewood days

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Last updated: Tuesday November 2, 2010, 8:57 AM
BY JIM BECKERMAN
The Record
STAFF WRITER

WHO: Ernie Isley, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Living Colour, Billy Cox, Steve Vai, Robert Randolph, Eric Johnson.

WHAT: The Experience Hendrix Tour.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South St., Morristown; 973-539-8008 or mayoarts.org.

HOW MUCH: $67 to $125.


Everyone knows the Jimi Hendrix who reinvented the electric guitar with his screaming, howling, mind-bending solos.

But only Ernie Isley knows the Jimi Hendrix who used to play the "Three Stooges" theme while everyone in their house in Englewood broke up.

"Everybody would just start laughing," recalls Isley, then an 11-year-old youngster born into the famous Isley Brothers ("Twist & Shout," "Shout") musical dynasty.

Between 1963 and 1965, Hendrix was not only the Isley Brothers' guitarist, he also lived in the back room of the Bergen County house that Ernie shared with his mom, his older brother O'Kelly and younger brother Marvin (both now deceased).

When 10-year-old brother Marvin wanted a new Pez dispenser for his collection, Jimi went to the store with him. When the family gathered at the TV to watch the Beatles on the historic Feb. 9, 1964, "Ed Sullivan Show," Jimi was in the living room with them. "Marvin was sitting on one side of him, and I was sitting on the opposite side," Isley recalls.

Guitarist Isley, a 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will channel those memories, as well as some great music, when he appears with an all-star musical lineup that includes Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Living Colour, Billy Cox and Steve Vai in the Experience Hendrix tour, coming to the Community Theatre in Morristown on Wednesday.

"It's kind of like I get to be 11 years old again," Isley says. "The thing about Jimi Hendrix is that the majority of people just automatically go to the icon. And he was not that. He became that. He was a person."

Long before "Purple Haze," "All Along the Watchtower" and "The Wind Cries Mary," there was already a buzz about Jimi Hendrix. In spring 1963, the Isley Brothers had gone to the Village to track down an amazing guitarist they'd heard about. According to Ernie Isley, the conversation went down something like this:

O'Kelly: You got this reputation. Play something for me.

Hendrix: I can't.

O'Kelly: Why not?

Hendrix: Because I pawned my guitar. It's in the pawn shop.

(Later, after getting the guitar at the pawn shop.)

O'Kelly: Play something for me.

Hendrix: I can't.

O'Kelly: Why not?

Hendrix: I don't have any strings on my guitar.

When Hendrix eventually did play a solo, the brothers hired him on the spot. Then it was:

O'Kelly: We got rehearsals in New Jersey the day after tomorrow.

Hendrix: I can't make rehearsals in New Jersey.

O'Kelly: Why not?

Hendrix: I don't have a place to stay.

That's how Hendrix came to live with the Isleys during two formative years in which he honed a style that, a few years later, was to change the face of rock-and-roll. "Before he came to the house for the first time, Kelly got him a brand-new guitar," Isley says. "We went to Manny's [the New York music store] and got a brand-new white Strat [Stratocaster] at his request. His very first one."

That guitar, Isley recalls, was never very far from Jimi. "It was always within arm's reach," Isley said. "He would drink orange juice and play guitar."

Hendrix, then about 21, became an older brother to the two young Isleys. They would watch TV together: "Super Chicken," "Beany and Cecil," "Bonanza," "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom."

But always, Hendrix was practicing, practicing. "We had a full-length mirror near the front door of the house, and he would be playing the guitar and looking at himself in the mirror to see how he looked," Isley says. "He would flip it behind his back, or under his leg. You never saw anybody interact with an instrument like that. Like it was a yo-yo."

By the time Hendrix left the Isleys in 1965, he was already a breakout star. And by the time he stopped back in Englewood for a visit, arriving from England and on his way to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, he had morphed into Jimi Hendrix, rock god.

"Marvin looked at him and said, 'Is that Jimi?' " Isley recalls. "Cause he had this rainbow of colors on him. Hat, bracelets, rings on every finger, belt, sash, velvet bell-bottom pants. This was before Carnaby Street and psychedelia had hit the United States. When he walked down the hallway, he [was] like [movie gunslinger] Shane."

Like all the artists in the "Experience" show, touring regularly since 1995, Isley has been influenced by Hendrix.

He transformed the electric guitar from a mere amplified instrument into a whole new medium of expression, Isley says by producing sounds that no one had heard before.

"If he was the president, he'd be George Washington," Isley says. "He'd always be first."



E-mail: beckerman@northjersey.com



.
Like music? Like photography? Step into my office: http://xrl.us/BobL - - - - - - - http://xrl.us/BobsDarkness

Offline Editor

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4099
  • Karma: 17
    • View Profile
    • Hackensack Now
Re: Hendrix at George's Club 20 (Hackensack)
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2011, 03:06:16 PM »

About 5:20 into the video, the narrator mentions George's and Hendrix plays "I'm a Man".

 

anything