Jim Gordon (drummer for Derek and The Dominoes, Delaney & Bonnie, Zappa, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason, etc., composer of the piano outro in “Layla” and the man Clapton called the best drummer he ever worked with) brutally killed his mother with a claw hammer. Gordon had been hearing voices in his head since the mid-70’s, which his doctor attributed to alcoholism and treated him accordingly. Obviously a mis-diagnosis, Gordon continued a tortured existence, which ineveitably led to him bludgeoning his mother. Gordon was sentenced to 16 to life and is serving his sentence at the Atascero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo.
In the movie Festival Express, we see Jerry playing George Harrison’s rosewood Fender Telecaster. This is the same axe used in the last public performance of The Beatles, on the roof of Apple Headquarters. It was loaned to Garcia by Delaney Bramlett; the two can be seen on-stage together during the jam on C.C. Rider. Harrison had given it to Bramlett after they toured together briefly. Delaney Bramlett was also very close to Eric Clapton, as they recorded and toured together while Eric was in Blind Faith in 1969. Clapton went on to join Delaney and Bonnie for a brief period and recorded the amazing album, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on tour with Eric Clapton, which also features George Harrison. The band would break up a year later and splinter into Derek & The Dominoes. Delaney’s ex-wife, Bonnie toured in the late ’70’s with the Allman Brothers and performed with them last night at The Beacon. Allman Brothers/Clapton sometime guitarist, Derek Trucks, nephew of Allman Brother, Butch Trucks was named after the band name, Derek & The Dominoes. Eric Clapton wrote “Layla”, which was featured on the Derek & The Dominoes album, about George Harrison’s wife Patti Boyd, with whom he would later marry. (I better stop or we’ll be here all day…)
Sadly, Delaney Bramlett passed on Saturday after complications from gall bladder surgery. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Delaney was chiefly known for his partnership with his former wife, Bonnie Bramlett as Delaney And Bonnie. Opening for Clapton/Winwood supergroup, Blind Faith in 1969, Bramlett formed a unique mentorship with a “disenchanted with being a rock star” Eric Clapton, ultimately touring with Clapton in ’69-’70. Penning the early classic Clapton recording, “Let It Rain”, Bramlett’s folksy approach to writing and recording reflected his Mississippi upbringing. Here he is with Bonnie, Dave Mason of Traffic and Eric Clapton, performing “Poor Elijah” from 1969:
Poor Elijah — Delaney & Friends with Clapton & Dave Mason
In Clapton’s new book he says that Delaney Bramlett taught him all needed to know about singing and that he actually preferred playing with Delaney & Bonnie over Blind Faith. You can tell from this clip that they sure did have a LOT of fun.