This is the unforgettable life story of a musician who witnessed music history from the best seat in the house. For more than fifty years, Chicago drummer Jimmi Mayes served as a sideman beside some of the greatest musicians and musical groups in history. He began his career playing the blues in the juke joints of Mississippi, sharpened his trade under the mentorship of drum legends Sam Lay and Fred Below in the steamy nightclubs of south Chicago, and hit it big in New York City behind such music legends as Marvin Gaye and James Brown. Mayes played his drums behind blues giants Little Walter Jacobs, Jimmy Reed, and Earl Hooker; lived with Motown sensation Martha Reeves, and counted Jimi Hendrix as one of his best friends. Mayes lived through racial segregation, the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the integration of rock bands, and the emergence of Motown. He personally experienced the sexual and moral revolutions of the sixties, was robbed of his musical royalties, and survived a musical drought. Mayes is a musician who has witnessed music history from the best seat in the house.