Bobby Whitlock
American musician
Bobby Whitlock
Robert Stanley "Bobby" Whitlock is a songwriter and performer, best known as a member of Derek and the Dominos.
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Delta Democrat Times - about 5 years
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Taylor's Mexican Chili draws in the Route 66 crowd - The State Journal-Register
Google News - over 5 years
“Everybody who comes in here has a story about the chili,” said Bobby Whitlock, the chili parlor's longtime cook who bought the place eight months ago with his wife, Chaney. Carlinville resident CO Taylor -- the story goes -- learned to make
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Johnny A Hitting The Road - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
Here is the recap: (Gibson) One time sideman (for Bobby Whitlock and Peter Wolf) and now world-renowned solo artist, Johnny A. has announced a European tour covering Holland, Germany and Belgium. One of the most expressive guitarist of his generation,
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set captures wonder of 'Layla' - The Augusta Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Thankfully, pianist Bobby Whitlock, also an ex-Delaney and Bonnie sideman, is still performing in his native Texas. Whitlock shared lead vocals on many of the songs on Layla in addition to co-writing six of them. Whitlock's lovely ballad Thorn Tree in
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Derek And The Dominos-Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs - Students.pl (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Clapton i jego koledzy z zespołu czyli basista Carl Radle, perkusista Jim Gordon oraz klawiszowiec Bobby Whitlock byli skazani na sukcs. Gościnnie na albumie również udzielają się gitarzysta Duane Allman z The Allman Brothers Band i George Harrison
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Bobby Whitlock: Derek's Main Domino Dishes On Layla & More - Houston Press (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Memphis-born keyboardist has also put his life story down in Bobby Whitlock: A Rock 'n' Roll Autobiography (275 pp., $35, McFarland). Written with Clapton authority Marc Roberty, it is an intense reading journey, filled with stories and anecdotes
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Interview: Donovan, musician - Scotsman
Google News - over 5 years
Then the door opened and in walked Linda. She'd been at the party, too, and Bobby Whitlock, who was in Derek and the Dominoes with Eric, had been on his knees begging her to marry him. In all, she'd had proposals from six men, but I got her in the end
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Derek & The Dominos, “Bell Bottom Blues” - American Songwriter
Google News - almost 6 years
But in a recent interview with American Songwriter, Bobby Whitlock remembers it differently. “Duane's completely out of tune. I mean, they put two slide guitarists at the end of 'Layla' and both of 'em are out of tune. Someone asked me the other day,
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Layla (40) holder koken - Adresseavisen
Google News - almost 6 years
Tangentspilleren Bobby Whitlock for eksempel, som skrev sangene sammen med Clapton. Og ikke minst den fantastiske trommeslageren Jim Gordon, også medkomponist, og hans like i bassisten Carl Radle. Mange holder de to for å ha vært rockens beste
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Vuelve el Clapton mítico - La Razón (Argentina)
Google News - almost 6 years
Bobby Whitlock en voz y teclados, Carl Radle en bajo y Jim Gordon en batería, fueron la mejor base de acompañamiento del momento. Ellos acompañaban a Delaney and Bonnie, junto a Clapton, y allí se encargaron de conseguir un sonido único y particular
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Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) - jambands.com
Google News - almost 6 years
(Really: I had visions of some sort of video game that put you right in the driver's seat of keyboardist Bobby Whitlock's Ferrari, sitting in Clapton's driveway after the Dominos imploded in 1971 with control options of a.] blowing the horn repeatedly,
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Derek and the Dominos: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: 40th Anniversary ... - American Songwriter
Google News - almost 6 years
A super session between Clapton and guest Duane Allman, with Bobby Whitlock's Memphis-soul-drenched voice adding the edge, it's almost better than the title track. If Layla had ended right there, it still would be a classic
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THE HAGGLER; A Cruise, a Terminal Illness and a Technicality
NYTimes - over 7 years
ONE secret to a good long winning streak is picking opponents you're sure you can beat and avoiding those who look like trouble. The strategy goes a long way toward explaining why, in the short life of this column, the Haggler has prevailed on behalf of every consumer whose cause he's undertaken. Until now. Spoiler alert: the Haggler is about to
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Torn and Frayed
NYTimes - about 10 years
EXILE ON MAIN STREET A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones. By Robert Greenfield. Illustrated. 258 pp. Da Capo Press. $24. LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS BY DEREK AND THE DOMINOS By Jan Reid. 174 pp. Rodale. $16.95. The album is dying. As a format of recorded music, the album -- LP, CD, record, disc, platter, licorice pizza, whatever -- has
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ERIC CLAPTON; Lyrical Appreciation
NYTimes - almost 24 years
To the Editor: Charles M. Young's essay analyzing Eric Clapton's career [ "Why Eric Clapton's Grief Touches His Generation," Feb. 21 ] offers well-deserved praise for a musician/songwriter revered by colleagues and "civilians" alike. "Tears in Heaven," from his album "Unplugged," is not only a beautiful song but touched a nerve in an audience now
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Whitlock
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 66
    In 2015, Bobby Whitlock and Coco Carmel's "The Just Us Tour 2015" visited the eastern and mid-western United States, using guest guitarists in each city.
    More Details Hide Details The tour will end with a performance at The Jass Blues Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Solo albums Other notable recordings
  • 2013
    Age 64
    Whitlock's first two solo albums appeared, remastered, as Where There's a Will, There's a Way: The ABC-Dunhill Recordings, released by Future Day Records in September 2013.
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  • 2010
    Age 61
    In 2010, Bobby Whitlock: A Rock 'n' Roll Autobiography, written with music historian Marc Roberty, was published, with a foreword by Eric Clapton.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 57
    Whitlock and Carmel moved to Austin, Texas in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The couple worked with musicians such as David Grissom, Stephen Bruton and Brannen Temple, and special guest Willie Nelson, on the album Lovers (2008) and Metamorphosis (2010), another live recording. Released on the Domino label, Lovers included a song that Whitlock had begun writing with Clapton in the early 1970s, "Dear Veronica", and a remake of "Layla" that omitted the Gordon-composed piano ending, which Whitlock had never thought suitable for the track. Vintage (2009) compiled his unreleased songs from the 1990s and included appearances by Cropper and Horn. Whitlock's solo album My Time (2009) featured musical contributions from Cropper, Keltner, Horn, Tim Drummond and Buddy Miller. His subsequent releases with Carmel include Esoteric (2012) and another live album, Carnival: Live in Austin (2013). In 2013, in connection with the release of the latter album, Whitlock and Carmel gave an interview for Tracy Thibodeaux's Pods o' Pop in which he spoke in depth about the formation of Derek and the Dominos, composing with Clapton, and playing on Harrison's All Things Must Pass.
  • 2003
    Age 54
    In 2003, Whitlock and his wife, musician CoCo Carmel, collaborated on Other Assorted Love Songs, a live album that again revisited the Dominos' songs, as well as including a cover of Harrison's "All Things Must Pass".Bruce Eder, "Bobby Whitlock & Kim Carmel Other Assorted Love Songs", AllMusic (retrieved September 30, 2013).
    More Details Hide Details Music critic Bruce Eder praised the album, writing: "The classic pieces Layla hold up magnificently... Here, acoustic guitar and piano are more than sufficient accompaniment and, indeed, coupled with Whitlock's powerful singing and range, make a strong case for these being the definitive versions."
  • 2000
    Age 51
    In April 2000, Whitlock reunited with Clapton to play live on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he contributed piano to Sweet Tea by blues guitarist Buddy Guy.
  • 1999
    Age 50
    In 1999, Whitlock resumed his solo career with It's About Time, which included contributions from Cropper and saxophonist Jim Horn.Michael B. Smith, "Bobby Whitlock It's About Time", AllMusic (retrieved September 30, 2013).
    More Details Hide Details Michael Smith of AllMusic described the album as "one of Whitlock's most intriguing creations yet" and a "fine set from a musician we haven't heard enough from in recent years".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 27
    Rock Your Sox Off followed in 1976, opening with a new recording of "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?" Whitlock then withdrew from the music industry; he told Mojo contributor Harry Shapiro in 2001: "I had my own problems to deal with."
    More Details Hide Details Speaking to The Austin Chronicle in 2006, Whitlock said of his retirement, "It wasn't hard to stop, because there was nothing going on in music", and rued the popularity of disco. For much of the 1980s and 1990s, Whitlock lived on a farm in Mississippi, raising his children and doing occasional session work. He had his own television show with Steve Cropper. A rare music release during this period was "Put Angels Around You", a duet with Scottish singer Maggie Bell, issued as a single in 1983 on the Swan Song label.
  • 1975
    Age 26
    His next solo album was One of a Kind, co-produced with Bill Halverson and released in 1975 on Capricorn Records.
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  • 1972
    Age 23
    Whitlock's second solo album, also on ABC-Dunhill Records, was Raw Velvet, released in November 1972.
    More Details Hide Details It included appearances by Clapton and Gordon, on "Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham", although the majority of the album, including another remake of "Tell the Truth", featured new associates such as guitarist Rick Vito and ex-Van der Graaf Generator bassist Keith Ellis. The album was co-produced by Jimmy Miller, whose connection with the Rolling Stones led to Whitlock making an uncredited contribution to the band's Exile on Main St. double album (1972). By this point, Laylas title track had become a hit song, following its release as a single to promote the History of Eric Clapton compilation (1972), leading to a critical reappraisal of Derek and the Dominos and belated commercial success. A 1970-recorded live album, In Concert, was similarly well-received when issued in January 1973.William Ruhlmann, "Derek and the Dominos: Biography", AllMusic (retrieved September 27, 2013). Raw Velvet peaked at number 190 on the Billboard 200, however, and it was Whitlock's last album to place on the chart. Whitlock tried in vain to get Clapton to come out and play; realizing it was not going to happen, after two years of waiting, he went back to the United States.
  • 1971
    Age 22
    Whitlock recorded his debut solo album, Bobby Whitlock (1972), at London's Olympic Studios in 1971, with Andy Johns as his co-producer.
    More Details Hide Details The recording took place before the abortive sessions for the Dominos' second studio album; a press release for the 2013 reissue of Bobby Whitlock gives the recording date as starting in March 1971, while Dominos biographer Jan Reid writes of sessions happening in January that year. Whitlock played acoustic or electric rhythm guitar on much of the album, which also included musical contributions from all the Dominos (often recorded separately), the Bramletts, Harrison, Keys, Price and Keltner. Among its tracks, "Where There's a Will" was a Whitlock–Bonnie Bramlett collaboration that had featured in Delaney & Bonnie's live shows in 1969–70, and "A Day Without Jesus" was co-written by Whitlock and Don Nix. The record peaked at number 140 on the US Billboard 200 chart,"Bobby Whitlock: Awards", AllMusic (retrieved September 28, 2013). the same magazine praising it as "a persuasively powerful first album".
  • 1970
    Age 21
    In June 1970, early in the All Things Must Pass sessions, Clapton, Whitlock, Radle and Gordon formed the blues-rock band Derek and the Dominos.
    More Details Hide Details Their first release was a US-only single, "Tell the Truth", produced by Spector and written primarily by Whitlock. In August, once their work on Harrison's album was complete, Derek and the Dominos toured the UK, playing to small venues. That summer, Whitlock and his bandmates also participated in London sessions for Dr John's album The Sun, Moon & Herbs (1971). Unhappy with Spector's treatment of their sound, the band went to Criteria Studios in Miami to work with producer Tom Dowd, on what became a double album – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970). As well as a remake of "Tell the Truth", the album included five other songs written or co-written by Whitlock,Noel Murray, "Derek and the Dominos: When God walked among us", A.V. Club, April 6, 2011 (retrieved October 30, 2014). including "Anyday", "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?", "Keep on Growing" and "Thorn Tree in the Garden". In addition, Whitlock helped Clapton finish "Bell Bottom Blues", although he was not credited as a co-writer on that song. "Keep on Growing" and "Thorn Tree in the Garden" featured Whitlock on lead vocals, while on other tracks he and Clapton shared the singing in a style reminiscent of Sam & Dave.
    Seeking to start a new band, Whitlock and Clapton reunited with Radle and Gordon at a session for P.P. Arnold, before going on to back Harrison on his 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass.
    More Details Hide Details Whitlock has described the latter sessions as "spectacular in every way". Although individual contributions remain hard to ascertain, due to the large cast of musicians on the Phil Spector-produced recording, Harrison biographer Simon Leng identifies Whitlock as one of two "core keyboard players" on All Things Must Pass. Having traditionally favored Hammond organ as his keyboard instrument, Whitlock played piano for the first time on a studio recording during the session for Harrison's "Beware of Darkness".
    In early 1970, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends backed Clapton on his debut solo album, Eric Clapton, and toured America with the English guitarist.
    More Details Hide Details Arguments over money with the Bramletts then led to the other Friends quitting the band and joining Leon Russell on Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. Whitlock continued to work with Delaney & Bonnie until April,Nick DeRiso, "Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years, 1963–1982, by Marc Roberty (2013)", Something New!, June 16, 2013 (retrieved November 4, 2014). following sessions for their To Bonnie from Delaney album (1970). On Cropper's advice, he then returned to England to stay with Clapton at his Surrey home, Hurtwood Edge.
  • 1969
    Age 20
    Through Harrison, Whitlock and the band then played at John Lennon's "Peace for Christmas" concert, held at the Lyceum Ballroom in London on December 15, 1969.
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    Along with all the other members of Delaney & Bonnie, Whitlock flew to England in November 1969 to prepare for a much-publicized European tour, financed by Clapton.
    More Details Hide Details In his autobiography, Whitlock states that their arrival in London changed the dynamics within the band, as the Bramletts now considered themselves "big stars" and the ones solely responsible for the new-found success. Once in London, Whitlock participated in a session for US soul singer Doris Troy's solo album on the Beatles' Apple record label. The album, Doris Troy (1970), was co-produced by George Harrison, who, having championed Delaney & Bonnie in the British press, accepted Clapton's invitation to join the tour.
    Whitlock contributed on keyboards and vocals to two Delaney & Bonnie albums in 1969, Home and Accept No Substitute.Harry Shapiro, "The Prince of Love...
    More Details Hide Details Or How the Recording of 'Layla', Clapton's Ode to Forbidden Love, Made Victims of Derek and the Dominos", Mojo, January 2001; available at Rock's Backpages (subscription required; retrieved September 27, 2013). Their touring band, known as Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, included musicians he would continue to work with on projects through to the early 1970s: bassist Carl Radle; drummers Jim Keltner and Jim Gordon; and a horn section comprising Bobby Keys and Jim Price. Another member was Eric Clapton, who joined the Friends line-up as lead guitarist midway through a US tour in July–August 1969. On this tour, Delaney & Bonnie were supporting Clapton's short-lived supergroup with Steve Winwood, Blind Faith. Clapton later described Whitlock as "without doubt the most energetic sideman I had ever seen".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 16
    Between 1965 and 1968, Whitlock performed regularly in the Memphis area, playing organ with local soul band the Short Cuts before forming the Counts.
    More Details Hide Details In his 2010 autobiography, Whitlock writes of this period in Memphis: "It was a great time and town for music then, especially soul music. It was real rhythm and blues. Albert King R&B, that's what I'm talking about. It was loose and all about music everywhere that you turned." With established Stax musicians such as Steve Cropper as his mentor, and Donald "Duck" Dunn and Don Nix preparing to produce a pop album by him on a Stax subsidiary label, Whitlock instead left Memphis after meeting husband-and-wife team Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. Whitlock recalls that he was performing at a club with the Counts when the Bramletts invited him to join a soul-revue band they were forming in Los Angeles.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on March 18, 1948.
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