Musician Buddy Miles Dies at 60

Buddy Miles, a drummer who played with Jimi Hendrix and sang in the claymation commercials featuring the California Raisins in the 1980s, has died. He was 60. Miles had been suffering from congestive heart failure.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

What do Wilson Pickett, Muddy Waters, Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix have in common? Buddy Miles kept beat with them all. The drummer died Tuesday at the age of 60.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Onstage, Buddy Miles was a force to be reckoned with, with the hands of a drummer, but the heart and showmanship of a front man. He played briefly with Hendrix and the trio Band of Gypsies. When soloing, even with Hendrix, he commanded the stage using every cymbal, every drum, even his voice.

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SIEGEL: A run of criminal behavior landed Miles in San Quentin State Prison, but he eventually returned to the spotlight in the late '80s as a claymation California Raisin.

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BLOCK: He was the voice of Buddy Raisin in a string of popular commercials and spin-off albums. Instead of drumming, Buddy Miles was finally the front man singing his heart out.

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