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Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, dies at a hospital in Macon, Ga. He was 67.
In the 1960s Jenkins was the leader of the Pinetoppers, who employed a young Otis Redding as singer. As Jenkins did not have a driver’s license, Redding also served as his personal driver. During a recording session in 1962 organized by the band’s manager, Phil Walden, Jenkins left forty minutes of studio time unused. Redding used this time to record a ballad, “These Arms of Mine”, on which Jenkins played guitar.
With Walden again becoming involved in other projects, Jenkins became disillusioned with the music industry and did nothing of note until 1996. By then Walden had persuaded him to make a comeback, and he released the album Blessed Blues, recorded with Chuck Leavell