Just for the record and for posterity, ...does anybody have some actual knowledge regarding this?
Is this a photo of Jimi playing with 'Gorgeous George' Odell?
Or is it of him playing with 'Little Richard' Penniman?
If its Odell then it would be from 1964 when Jimi was in a band with him on a package tour including Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and B.B. King among others. That was immediately after Jimi left the Isley Bros and before he stated working as Litttle Richard's valet and later guitarist on a '64-65 tour.
Attached is a photo of Penniman taken in 1963 around the same time.
George Odell was known by the name ‘Gorgeous George’ on the Southern R&B Circuit precisely because he wore a blonde wig like a famous wrestler of the same name.
The man singing behind Jimi is wearing a blonde wig.
Here's a photo of the three shots together to compare the men's facial details. Look particularly at the eyebrows
There is some more information on George at the bottom of this post:
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"During 1988, there occurred a reunion of artists from the old Stax label in Memphis, Tennessee...
The event was covered by The Black Entertainment Television Network, better known as BET. A broadcast..., ‘This Week In Black Entertainment’, included interviews with many of Stax’ original artists. Among them, Rufus Thomas (remember ‘The Funky Chicken’ and ‘Walkin’ The Dog’?), Isaac Hayes, Johnny Taylor, Sam and Dave, and interestingly, one ‘Gorgeous George Odell’.
George Odell (or ‘Gorgeous George’ as he was known on the Southern R&B Circuit, because he wore a blonde wig like the famous wrestler of the same name), gave a very interesting interview. He talked about having been Stax’s first recording artist of note, and having made a record named, ‘The Biggest Fool In Town’; that sold 13,000 copies in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky, and being paid 310 dollars, thinking he was rich.
George Odell, though a small time recording artist on the Stax label, has a backing band. And who do you think is playing guitar in that band? None other than Jimi Hendrix (who at the time was calling himself Maurice James).
Since Hendrix was a member of George Odell’s backing band in 1962*[wrong date] , perhaps from there he began playing in Little Richard’s band?
...And what of George Odell’s record ‘The Biggest Fool In Town’? Unfortunately, George Odell died some time after his appearance on ‘This Week In Black Entertainment’. [incorrect]
Unfortunately Bumps Blackwell, who was Richard Penneman’s manager, died in 1985 (not too long after Little Richard’s autobiography was published), and was no longer alive to corroborate Little Richard’s version of events; when a spate of publications slowly came out, making Richard out to be a blatant liar."
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N.B. * the guy got his dates wrong. Hendrix was in a band with Odell in October -November of '64, not 1962. And Odell did NOT die after that TV interview "appearance". He was still alive in 2008 and was interviewd By Steve Roby for his latest book.