The universe throws a middle finger up to music fans everywhere.

Adding to the long list of painful near-misses, it has been revealed that world-beating guitarist Jimi Hendrix, jazz legend Miles Davis and former Beatle Paul McCartney, along with Davis’s drummer Tony Williams narrowly missed recording together in 1969. A telegram has emerged requesting McCartney to join the trio of Americans in the studio for a session which would have found McCartney on bass, it read (including the typo):

“We are recording and LP together this weekend. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alan Douglas 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams.”

Sadly the timing was just a little bit off, and McCartney’s then aid Peter Brown replied saying that the bassist was on holiday in Scotland at the time. We can’t help imagining what this collaboration would have sounded like, and the year is especially important, this was around the time that Davis’s pioneering fusion Rosetta stone Bitches Brew was recorded and came at a time when McCartney was moving away from the band that had paid his bills up until that time. The very idea that this collaboration might have happened is enough to get us frothing at the mouth.

Take a look at the telegrams below, and weep for a little while after reading them. [via The Vinyl Factory]



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