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Shuggie Otis Remembers Meeting Jimi Hendrix – Ultimate Classic Rock

Psychedelic soul man Shuggie Otis was once thought of as the heir apparent to Jimi Hendrix, and in a new interview, he recalls meeting the surprisingly introverted guitar hero at an in-store autograph signing in Los Angeles — where he had to force the reluctant guitarist to shake his hand.

In a clip at Ultimate Classic Rock, Otis recalls meeting his own favorite guitar player — Hendrix — whom he had seen three times in concert. “He was signing autographs at this record store, and so me and my brother-in-law went down there,” he reminisces. “He was real quiet; he didn’t speak to anyone. So I went up to him and I said, ‘Hey, I just wanted to say hi, man.’ …“I had to grab his hand to shake it; his hand was just kinda angling out there,” the guitarist adds. “But he was nice to me. That was really a highlight. I got to meet one of my idols.”