Billy Rich (Taj Mahal, Buddy Miles Express, Paul Butterfield)

Among the top session/touring sidemen of the late 1960s and 70s, Billy Rich brought his rich knowledge of blues, soul, funk, gospel, and jazz to several notable artists including Taj Mahal, John McLaughlin, The Buddy Miles Express (with Jimi Hendrix), Geoff Muldaur, Seals & Crofts, Jesse Ed Davis, and Paul Butterfield, to cite a few.


An Omaha native inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 2004, Rich was offered the bass chair in Jimi’s Band of Gypsys by producer Alan Douglas but declined. Billy’s composition “69 Freedom Special” as recorded by Les Paul & Friends, won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental in 2005.


Rich remains active on the bandstand and recording studio – check out all things Billy Rich at


Billy Rich Sound & Vision:


Geoff Muldaur “Chevrolet / Alice”


Buddy Miles “Freedom Special”


John McLaughlin “Marbles”


Taj Mahal “Johnny Too Bad”


Paul Butterfield “New Walkin’ Blues”


Les Paul & Friends “69 Freedom Special”


Bill Rich “Can You Pheel It”