I’ve posted this on here before, but thought about this video this morning. After the band plays “It’s Too Late”, stick around for some interplay between Cash, Carl Perkins, Clapton and the rest of the ‘noes.
Quick! What do you call a band with a Beatle, Clapton, a member of Traffic, the rhythm section of Derek & The Dominoes, Stax horns with Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett? Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, of course. Taken from 12/1/69.
I was almost this good when I was 13. Really.
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.
Eric Clapton married longtime girlfriend and George Harrison’s former wife, Pattie Boyd. Pattie was Clapton’s muse and inspiration for Derek & The Dominoes song “Layla” and much of the band’s excellent 1970 release, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. “Layla” was named for the 7th century Arabian poem, Layla and Majnun, which chronicled a princess (Layla) who was married off by her father to someone other than the one who was desperately in love with her, resulting in Majnun’s madness.
Here’s Clapton performing “Layla” with the Allman Brothers on 3/19/09 at The Beacon Theatre:
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…)
Per Runaway Dinosaur:
After months touring with Delaney and Bonnie and collaborating with them on his first solo album, Clapton took the nucleus of his band – Whitlock, Radle and Gordon – and formed Derek and the Dominos. By 1970, Clapton had amassed an impressive catalogue on which to draw, and these musicians jelled in a way that certainly brought out the best in the material. For many fans, this quartet was the most consistently exciting group Clapton ever toured with, and these concerts feature some of the most passionate live playing of his career.
01. Got To Get Better In A Little While 14:21
02. Key To The Highway 7:31
03. Tell The Truth 11:56
04. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? 14:48
05. Blues Power 11:01
06. Have You Ever Loved A Woman 8:59
07. Bottle Of Red Wine 6:29
08. Presence Of The Lord 6:36
09. Little Wing 6:20
10. Let It Rain 20:15
11. Crossroads 8:25
Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Bobby Whitlock – keyboards, vocals
Carl Radle – bass
Jim Gordon – drums