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Jimi Hendrix’s First Publishing Contract  “I Ain’t Taking Care Of No Business”

Jimi Hendrix’s First Publishing Contract “I Ain’t Taking Care Of No Business”

Quite possibly two of the rarest pieces in this catalog, and what might be one of the scarcest pieces of paper anywhere to be found, are these two separate examples of Jimi Hendrix’s earlier known publishing contracts. Jimi recorded with Curtis Knight in 1966. Jerry Simon, publisher of R.S.V.P. Music, and Jimmy Hendrix, signed the contract for “I Ain’t Taking Care of No Business.” This contract deal took place so early on, Jimmy had not yet adopted the modified spelling of his name, “Jimi.” The contract refers to him as “Jimmy, “ which he respectively signed in the same way. Dated March 30, 1966, these two page documents are some of the only papers you will find where his name is spelled in this manner. Jerry Simon’s name and address can also be found below Jimmy’s signature on the contract for “Station Break.” All of the material for the Curtis Knight sessions had been left behind when Chas Candler brought Jimi over to England. After signing with Track Polydor and Reprise U.S., all of Jimi’s old material was bought. The LP “Get That Feeling,” which was released by Capitol Records, contains the straight forward blues cut, “No Business,” which is the same song offered here. The accompanying contract is signed for the two songs, “Station Break,” and “Flying On Instruments,” respectively. These truly rare pieces are two separate lots, so please be sure to bid on each individually. NRMT.

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