Jim Gordon has Passed On...

He was never released from custody after murdering his mother. He'll be remembered best for being the drummer with Derek and the Dominos, but he played with the Byrds, Beach Boys and others. I know that you're wearing black today @bdp24. Sad ending. 


I'd still categorize him as very good, but not great...that's a strong word; but we all have different tastes.

.........I read once that Jim Gordon along with girlfriend at that time ; Rita Coolidge wrote the piano / ending part of Layla. Rita was never given any credit and or royalties for her efforts on that part of the song. If anybody knows if that is in fact true, please chime in. 

I tried to play drums for 17 years and yes ;  Jim Gordon was a really good drummer. I enjoyed the way he approached them. A troubled but talented soul.....        

Whether the "Layla" story is true, I don't know, but it's been repeated many, many times.  The Delta Lady gives a detailed account in her autobiography.  Personally, I believe her.  A related story is that she broke off her relationship with Gordon because of physical abuse.

I always thought that the piano part added at the end of Layla sounded very unrelated to the rest of the song.