Many rock and roll stars got an early start at this Greenwich Village institution. In 1966 Jimi Hendrix who was relatively unknown at the time and was appearing under the name “Jimmy James” was discovered here by “Chas” Chandler, who had just left The Animals and had become a manager/talent scout. Chas saw Hendrix here and was blown away by his abilities enough to convince Jimi to accompany him to England.
Once in England, Chandler helped Jimi form the “Jimi Hendrix Experience” and recruited bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as the other members of the trio.
Other acts that performed here include:
Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bruce Springsteen.
New York NY 10012
I would go to Cafe Wha whenever I could sneak out of our house in Queens . One time I brought my old fashioned Nana. I remember Jimmy James and the red or green flames . Mary would waitress there . Bruce Springfield too . I even performed to a jazzy dance in nude colored spandex . My Nana and the audience loved my look , with my teased up hair and my eyelashes. I kept returning and sneaking back into my house through the basement window . I was really young and some of my greatest memories I still hold dear to my heart today . Thanks Cafe Wha . Oh I ran into the owner upstate in a diner in Woodstock .
PS Mary Trevers I think was a member of Peter Paul and Mary .
Looking for boot legged album of Jimmy James ( Jimmy Hendrix) at cafe. waa 1966