Thursday, April 12, 2012

Obscure Vintage Find: Mansfield & Hendrix

Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer, a brunette; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American blonde bombshell of an actress killed (and nearly decapitated - not actually as is reported in the urban legend) in a brutal car accident involving a tractor trailer.*

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942– September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist icon and singer-songwriter who died from asphyxiation after taking too many of an unfamiliar Belgian sleep aid (Vesparax).

In 1965 Jayne Mansfield (on vocals) and Jimi Hendrix (on guitar and bass) recorded these two songs; "As The Clouds Drift By" and "Suey". According to Hendrix historian Steven Roby (Black Gold: The Lost Archives Of Jimi Hendrix, Billboard Books), this collaboration happened because they shared the same manager.

*Mansfield's children (including Mariska Hargitay of "Law and Order: SVU" fame) survived the accident asleep in the back seat. Following her death, the NHTSA began requiring an underride guard, a strong bar made of steel tubing, to be installed on all tractor-trailers. This bar is also known as a Mansfield bar.

Enjoy the oddness: