Randy Hansen

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Randy Hansen
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U.S. guitarist, born December 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington. His music appeared in the 1979 film "Apocalypse Now", and his debut album was released in 1980 on Capitol Records. Hansen's Hendrix act first came to prominence with Randy Hansen's Machine Gun (1977–80), with Larry Epperly on bass guitar and Tim Kelliher on drums (Kelliher later did sessions for guitarist Daniel Jones in his band 7th Order, whose session personnel also included British guitarist Martin Pugh and veteran American rock guitarist Geoff Thorpe). All three had previously been in a band called Kid Chrysler and the Cruisers. Hansen's Machine Gun performed on bills with Heart, The Kinks, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others, and were written up by Rolling Stone magazine and Guitar Player magazine. After his debut album, his emphasis continued to be on original releases emulating the Jimi Hendrix style of composition, in addition to including large numbers of Hendrix compositions in his live shows. He had a brief stint in the 1980's with a band that played a more contemporary style but, failing to gain a record contract of note, quickly returned to his main source of success as a Hendrix imitator, including a short series of concerts with a band that included the original Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer, Mitch Mitchell. In the 1990's and into the 2000's, Hansen has increasingly turned to Europe for his live show tour dates due to greater interest from that market. He headlined a bill on July 26 2008, in Mannheim Germany, with Love Street (Doors tribute) and Buried Alive Band (Janis Joplin tribute) as openers. He continues to live and play locally in Seattle and around the US. Hansen has three self-released CDs of original music in print and available online: "Old Dogs New Tricks", "Good Intentions" and "Tower of Love".

Randy toured and performed with 100’s of the most talented musicians in the industry.

Carmen Appice
Ritchie Blackmore
John Bonjovi
Beach Boys
Randy Castillo
Tony Coleman
Blue Oyster Cult
Mike DeRosier
Rick Derringer
Roger Fisher
Steve Fossen
Gregg Fox
Billy Gibbons
Guns and Roses
Sammy Hagar
Eddie Van Halen
Herbie Hancock
Heart
Leon Hendrix
Dusty Hill
Jeff Kathen
Sam Kinison
KZOK Spike O'Neil
KZOK Bob Rivers
Julian Lennon
Julie Mains
Goldy McJohn
John Melencamp
Mitch Mitchell
Buddy Miles
Steve Miller
Eddie Money
Montrose
Aury Moore
Jamie Moses
Jeff Pilson
Noel Redding
Paul Rodgers
Uli Jon Roth
Bob Segar
Evan Sheeley
Joe Shikany
Jeff Scott Soto
Lynn Sorensen
Pat Travers
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Joe Walsh
Alan White
Don Wilson
+ many more...
My Beloved Friend
Buddy Miles.
It is with heartfelt sadness that I learned of Buddy’s passing today 2/27/08. We spent many pleasant hours together on and off the gig. He filled my soul with great music and I will miss him so very much.

You are in my heart and soul eternally. May you and Jimi play together forever in heaven.


Peace and Love,
Randy Hansen
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Randy Hansen Discography Tracks

Albums

Randy Hansen - Randy Hansen album art Randy Hansen Randy Hansen (Album) Capitol Records Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
SH-1011 Randy Hansen - Astral Projection - Live album art Randy Hansen Astral Projection - Live(LP) Shrapnel Records SH-1011 US 1983 Sell This Version
GEMA001 Randy Hansen - Hendrix By Hansen album art Randy Hansen Hendrix By Hansen(CD, Album) Affengeil Records GEMA001 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Randy Hansen - Old Dogs New Tricks album art Randy Hansen Old Dogs New Tricks (Album) Green Tree Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
0001 Randy Hansen - GOOD INTENTIONS album art Randy Hansen GOOD INTENTIONS(CD) Not On Label 0001 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
206.937.5288 Randy Hansen - Alter Ego album art Randy Hansen Alter Ego(CD, Album) Fillo K Productions U.S.A. 206.937.5288 2004 Sell This Version
Randy Hansen - Funtown album art Randy Hansen Funtown (Album) Jazzhouse Records Germany 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Randy Hansen - I Want To Take You Higher / Watch What You Say album art Randy Hansen I Want To Take You Higher / Watch What You Say (Single) Capitol Records Japan 1980 Sell This Version
SPRO-9500 Randy Hansen Champagne And Cocaine(12", Promo) Capitol Records SPRO-9500 US 1980 Sell This Version

Compilations

4XL 57285, 4XL-57285 Randy Hansen - I Want To Take You Higher - The Best Of Randy Hansen album art Randy Hansen I Want To Take You Higher - The Best Of Randy Hansen(Cass, Comp) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XL 57285, 4XL-57285 US 1990 Sell This Version

Videos

none Randy Hansen - Substage Live album art Randy Hansen Substage Live(DVD-V) Not On Label none 2012 Sell This Version
0001 Randy Hansen - ELECTRIC LADYLAND LIVE album art Randy Hansen ELECTRIC LADYLAND LIVE(DVD, NTSC) Fillo K Productions U.S.A. 0001 Germany 2014 Sell This Version

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CheoLopez

CheoLopez

March 12, 2010
Born December 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington Randy is a U.S. guitarist, best known for his emulation of Jimi Hendrix. He clearly has a bit of physical resemblance to Hendrix in his facial features, and carries that resemblance further by emulating such signatures of Hendrix's style as playing a guitar with his teeth or behind his back. His music appeared in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, and his debut album was released in 1980 on Capitol Records.Hansen's high energy guitar work has earned praise from fellow Dutch-American, legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen (in Guitar Player magazine), among others. He also was a good friend of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan (writing a song about him called "Texas Twister" from his Old Dogs New Tricks CD). He has toured and played with literally hundreds of famous musicians and groups.
Hansen's Hendrix act first came to prominence with Randy Hansen's Machine Gun (1977–80), with Larry Epperly on bass guitar and Tim Kelliher on drums (Kelliher later did sessions for guitarist Daniel Jones in his band 7th Order, whose session personnel also included British guitarist Martin Pugh and veteran American rock guitarist Geoff Thorpe). All three had previously been in a band called Kid Chrysler and the Cruisers. Hansen's Machine Gun performed on bills with Heart, The Kinks, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and others, and were written up by Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. There are now videos out with Buddy Miles covering Hendrix tunes such as "All Along the Watchtower", with incredible playing by Hansen from 1997.
After his debut album, his emphasis continued to be on original releases emulating the Jimi Hendrix style of composition, in addition to including large numbers of Hendrix compositions in his live shows. He had a brief stint in the 1980s with a band that played a more contemporary style but, failing to gain a record contract of note, quickly returned to his main source of success as a Hendrix imitator. One of the high points of Hansen's career was when he played a short series of concerts with a band that included the original Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer, Mitch Mitchell. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Hansen has increasingly turned to Europe for his live show tour dates due to greater interest from that market. He headlined a July 26, 2008 bill in Mannheim, Germany, with Love Street (Doors tribute) and Buried Alive Band (Janis Joplin tribute) as openers . He continues also to play locally in Seattle and around the U.S
Hansen has three self-released CDs of original music in print, none of them well-distributed but all available online: Old Dogs New Tricks, Good Intentions and Tower of Love. He continues to live in Seattle. There are some excellent on-line videos of Hansen and Uli Roth doing some Hendrix tunes showing great talent by both artists.

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