Andre 3000 Can Cover Beatles But Not Jimi in Hendrix Biopic

From Spin Magazine:

OutKast’s André 3000 will cover the Beatles, Muddy Waters, and more on the soundtrack of All Is By My Side, the new Jimi Hendrix biopic being filmed in Ireland, Rolling Stone reports, citing producers.

With the company that oversees Hendrix’s estate refusing to give its blessing, movie makers have come up with a novel solution. The film will reportedly take place in London in 1966 and 1967, so Three Stacks will perform some of the same covers that Hendrix did during that early period. That includes the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” (brace for a scene of André 3K singing this one at a club with some of the Fab Four in attendance), Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller’s “Hound Dog” (first recorded by Big Mama Thornton but popularized by Elvis), the Troggs’ “Wild Thing,” Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy,” and Elmore James’ “Bleeding Heart.” André will also take on two numbers from Hendrix’s backing stint with Curtis Night and the Squires.

Backing the rapper-singer born André Benjamin will be guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, and drummer Keny Aronoff, who between them have done session work for half of classic rock radio (Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp). They recorded the covers in Los Angeles. Heading up the music was veteran music supervisor Danny Bramson, a Grammy winner for his Almost Famous work.

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