Jimmy Hendrix’s Roadie: Claims Rock Legend Murdered by Manager
May 31, 2009
(ChattahBox)—James “Tappy” Wright, former sixties Rock and Roll Roadie witnessed the recording of the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun,” went on tour with the famously tumultuous Ike and Tina Turner, worked for Elvis Presley and was there when Jimi Hendrix, a true Rock and Roll legend recorded his fist single in London, “Hey Joe.”
Tappy Wright saw it all and lived the fast life of sex, drugs and Rock and Roll and now he is making all of his stories and secrets available in a new book, “Rock Roadie: Backstage and Confidential with Hendrix, Elvis, the “Animals”, Tina,” where he makes the stunning claim that Jimi Hendrix’s death was not an accident.
Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27-years-old at the height of his career, from chocking on his own vomit on September 18, 1970 at the Samarkand Hotel in London. The official cause of death was ‘barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit, after mixing wine with sleeping pills.
The circumstances of Hendrix’s death have always been cause for speculation and the subject of conspiracy theories, and now Tappy Wright’s claims of murder may provide some confirmation to these claims.
Tappy claims in his new book that Hendrix’s former manager, Michael Jeffery made a drunken confession to him claiming he murdered Hendrix, because he was afraid Hendrix was planning to ditch him for a new manager.
Concerned about losing money if Hendrix replaced him, Tappy claims Jeffrey decided he would make out better financially with Hendrix dead, because he had a $2 million life insurance policy on Hendrix’s life.
“I had to do it. Jimi was worth much more to me dead than alive. That son of a bitch was going to leave me. If I lost him, I’d lose everything,” quoting Jeffrey in Tappy’s book.
Tappy attributes further quotes to Jeffery confessing to the murder of Hendrix: ‘I was in London the night of Jimi’s death and together with some old friends …we went round to Monika’s hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth …then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe.”
Jeffrey is not around to confirm or rebut Tappy’s claims. He died in a plane crash in 1973.
Jeffrey has always been a controversial figure and was portrayed quite negatively in the movie version of Hendrix’s life, “Hendrix.” He has been accused by members of the “Animals” and Jimi Hendrix’s family of cheating them of earnings and stashing money in offshore accounts that rightfully belonged to Hendrix and the Animals.
Hendrix’s fans and the press have long searched for inconsistencies in the official version of Hendrix’s death and there were many. Hendrix was with a woman when he died, Monika Dannemann and she gave different statements to the police and the press that have always formed the basis for the many conspiracy theories surrounding Hendrix’s demise.
Whatever really happened that night in the early fall in London in 1970, no one will ever know for sure, but what is known is that Jimi Hendrix was the greatest electric guitar player that ever lived.