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Interview:Bobby Whitlock (Derek and The Dominos,George Harrison,solo)


HIT CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: July 2011. We had the great honour to talk with a legendary musician and songwriter,Bobby Whitlock. He founded when he was 22, a band called Derek and The Dominos with Eric Clapton. He co-wrote 6 songs in their momentary album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs”, he played and co-wrote 3 songs in George Harrison’s ultra-classic “All Things Must Pass” album. He also participated in Rolling Stones’ classic “Exile On Main Str” album and Buddy Guy’s “Sweet Tea” album. Except a brilliant solo career,he recently released his  best-seller autobiography “Bobby Whitlock: A Rock ’n’ Roll Autobiography” with foreword by Eric Clapton. Read below the very interesting things he told us:


Your autobiography received a great response so far (6th reprint). Are you happy for this? How difficult emotionally was to write it?

I am completely blown away with the response of my book… It was a cathartic experience that lasted for seventeen months… It was an experience in spiritual growth and change.

Which are the current projects you’re invloved? How close is a new album of you with (wife and music partner) CoCo Carmel?
CoCo and I have just finished sixteen new tracks for our upcoming new CD ‘Esoteric’ …Eddie Tuduri is coming from California in August to finish it off with the drums…It is the finest of our works together..

Looking back,do you think Derek and The Dominos should have lasted longer?
Derek and The Dominos would have lasted longer except for drugs and alcohol. That always kills everything in it’s path..


Do you have any memories from The Johnny Cash Show? How was playing with heroes like Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins? (Look video )

My whole family was on the front row and we were all wired up tighter than a Gibson on a Saturday night… I was humbled playing next to Carl and Johnny..

bobby3You co-wrote 3 songs in George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’. Did you enjoyed that sessions with all these great musicians invloved in? (Dave Mason told me was a great experience).

I wrote a song by song in my book of the “All Things Must Pass” sessions… It tells who played what and who was singing what and what the climate of the room was like…


Which exactly was your involvement in Rolling Stones ‘Exile on Main Str’? Why you remained uncredited?

“Just Want to See His Face” ….Mick and I were talking about my Dad being a preacher and Mick came up with that song through our conversation…

I think it was a huge shock for you when you learned that Jim Gordon (Derek and The Dominos drummer) murdered his mother with an axe? Did you have any contact with him since?

He actually used a butcher knifed and a hammer. I was shocked but not surprized. No, I have not have any communication with him…


Do you miss your old friends: Carl Radle (Derek and The Dominos bassist), George Harrison and Tom Dowd (Derek and The Dominos, Eric Clapton producer)?

I think of Carl and Tom often and fondly…

In 2001 you played in Buddy Guy’s ‘Sweet Tea’ album. Did you enjoy playing with such a legend?
I was the last person to play on “Sweet Tea”  and there was no-one but me there… I was also the only white dude on it… Quite an honor for me…

Have you ever been in Greece? Send a message to Greek fans.
I hope to one day come there to play for everyone…. Thank you so much for this opportunity to say hello to everyone in Greece.

A HUGE “Thank You” to Mr Bobby Whitlock.

Check http://www.bobbywhitlockandcococarmel.com/

Buy his book here http://www.amazon.com/Bobby-Whitlock-Rock-Roll-Autobiography/dp/0786458941



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