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I didn't discover Jimi Hendrix until 1968 ( I was 14) I had been totally caught up in music ever since The Beatles exploded on the scene in 1964 ( I was 10 ) Unfortunately, radio in Nashville where I grew up was not very forward thinking so we were lulled by your typical AM radio fare while on the West Coast stations like the legendary KMPX were changing the rules and pioneering a new format called "Underground" or "Progressive."

In Nashville at the time, the station most of my peers listened to was an AM station, 1300 WMAK. There was a guy there named Johnny Walker, who is to this day, the greatest Rock DJ I ever heard. I listened to him every night, because he was funny and I learned a lot about the music scene from all the great info he had each night.

The night it all changed was one evening when the midnight man didn't show up on time. When it became clear that he was really going to be late, Johnny declared, "OK...We're going psychedelic until he gets here." I thought, "Cool...sounds like something the parents will hate."

He then jumped WAY off the AM format and played "Fire" from the" Are You Experienced" LP. I was immediately grabbed by this new music. Where did this come from? Why had I never heard this before?

This was 1968 and by that time, the Monterey Pop Festival was history and Jimi's second LP," Axis: Bold As Love" was already on the shelves. I got both albums and emersed myself in this wonderful new sound. Fortunate for me also was a new program which Johnny Walker debuted late night on WMAK which was modeled after the "Underground" format called the "Subterranean Circus" where he exposed me to a world of music far beyond the dull AM fare. He would play whole sides of "Electric Ladyland" and "Wheels of Fire" by Cream. ( I miss those progressive days...God bless you Johnny...where ever you are.)

The music scene became my focus. History had always been my best subject in school, and with the rich history Rock n' Roll has, it was just a natural for me. I studied and researched the entire span of Rock history ( I don't mean to make it sound like it was hard work...it was a blast! ) The era between 1967 and 1973, what I call the "Classic Rock" era is my favorite and Jimi Hendrix is the main focus of it all. There has been no more interesting character in the history of music. His life could not have unfolded as it did except in the America of the sixties. The attitudes and influences of the time can never be duplicated.

I have been a collector for over 40 years and have found some photos and film footage to add to the archive of things still being discovered by a core of diligent collectors around the world. In the role of Rock Historian, I have done TV and radio. I have contributed to two of the better books available on Jimi; "Electric Gypsy" by Harry Shapiro & Ceasar Glebeek and "Cherokee Mist the Lost Writings" by Bill Nitopi. I was also co-editor of "Straight Ahead" an international Jimi Hendrix fan publication for a few years.

The highlight of my time as a collector has been my association with Billy Cox. I met Billy in 1985. He visited me and checked out what I had gathered and I introduced him to the world of the Hendrix collector (and true believer) We drove up to Fort Campbell Kentucky one summer and rode around the base where he and Jimi were stationed. He showed me the Barracks and the building he ducked into one night to get out of the rain where he ran into Jimi for the first time (sitting by himself, playing guitar).

In relaxed moments he shared memories and stories with me that I felt so lucky and privileged to hear.

In 1986 I introduced him to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Stevie brought him on at a show in the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville where they did ripping versions of "Come On (Pt. 1)" and "Voodoo Child" (Slight Return)..(you will see pictures here).

I have also gotten to rub elbows with some of my Rock n' Roll heroes, and universally, those that knew Jimi have nothing but warm memories of him. (some photos and text of them are included here also).

It continues to be a fascinating trip thru Rock n' Roll history. Jimi's music still moves me as much as ever and will always be a source of inspiration for young musicians everywhere.

You are invited look around the site and see what's on view. Join me in celebrating the life, music and legacy of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.

Where It All Started
My First Record
Age 10
February 1964

Photographing the
Hendrix truck
1994

The
"Jimi" Room

With my Son
at the Hendrix statue
Broadway Ave. - Seattle
June 2001

Seattle
Gravesite
1996

Hippie Daze
Early 70's

David Pearcy

Electric Lady Studios
New York City
1994

Music City Walk of Fame
Nashville, Tennessee
2007

Hollywood
Walk of Fame

Hendrix wax figure
Madam Tussaud's
Wax Museum
Venetian Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Guest hosting
"Deep Tracks"
on the XM Satellite
Radio Network

Thanks For Lookin' In!

XM Satellite
Radio Studio
Washington DC

The Love of My Life
(who supports my Jimi fixation)
My Wife, Cindy

RocknRoll Hall of Fame
Cleveland 2006

Playing Jimi's
1967 Stratocaster
at The Musician's Hall
of Fame & Museum
Nashville,TN

Allman Brothers
Big House
Museum
Macon, GA

George Taylor Morris
1947-2009
This website is dedicated to my friend George Taylor Morris, a legend in American Rock Radio History, and a man I was proud and honored to know.

Rock & Roll Blvd.
(Where ELSE would I be?)
Cleveland, Ohio 2006