During their set, Hendrix himself took the stage to jam, followed by his Band of Gypsies’ drummer Buddy Miles, who hit his kick drum so hard it flew about a foot downstage every time he hit it.
The roadie in question was future “SNL” cast member Phil Hartman, who would go on to create an array of impersonations and original characters — from takes on Frank Sinatra and Bill Clinton that captured the essence of their bawdy and raw qualities, to his hilariously insufferable Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer and Anal Retentive Chef — that made him perhaps the most versatile actor in the show’s history.
Just this week, visitors to the website Grantland voted Hartman the second-best cast member ever, behind only Will Ferrell.
Now 23, the blonde stunner looked gorgeous in a black gown with nude cutouts.
We will never know exactly what transpired next, except that at some point after Brynn returned home at around 1 a.m., she retrieved Hartman’s Smith & Wesson .38 and shot him three times as he slept from just 18 inches away, killing him instantly.
Soon after, she returned to Douglas’ home, shoeless and now obviously drunk.
When his brother John began managing bands, John hired him to roadie for the Rockin Foo, his client, and Hartman embraced the ’60s rock scene and all its accoutrements, even buying a VW panel van and putting a mattress in the back.
He moved into a cabana in back of John’s Malibu home.