Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon was a much in-demand session drummer as well as a member of Derek & the Dominos but had a very chequered history, he died on Monday 13th March 2023. There is too much notorious history to go into here, but his behaviour involved beating his then girlfriend Rita Coolidge and, in 1983, suffering from schizophrenia, which hadn’t officially been diagnosed he murdered his mother.

He was initially sentenced to 16 years in prison only after which his mental illness was properly diagnosed. Numerous parole requests were denied mainly because he refused to attend the hearings. In 2017, he was re-diagnosed with schizophrenia and it was decided that when he didn’t take his medication he was still a danger and remained in prison until his death.

Here is a list of 25 notable songs out of the many he played on.

Eric Clapton After Midnight
Harpers Bizarre Anything Goes
Incredible Bongo Band Apache
David Cassidy Cherish
David Cassidy Could It Be Forever
Traffic Dear Mr Fantasy
Joan Baez Diamonds & Rust
Mama Cass Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Glen Campbell Gentle On My Mind
Everly Brothers Gone Gone Gone
David Cassidy I Am A Clown
Derek & The Cominos Layla
Routers Let’s Go (Pony)
Carpenters Only Yesterday
John Lennon Power To The People
Mel Torme Right Now
Steely Dan Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
Alice Cooper School’s Out
John Lennon Stand By Me
Gordon Lightfoot Sundown
Cher Sunny
Albert Hammond The Free Electric Band
Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made for Walking
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman
Carly Simon You’re So Vain

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