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|Credit||Billboard, page 7, 6 February 1971|
|Desc||Trade ad for Derek and the Dominos's single "Bell Bottom Blues".To better adapt it to his respective Wikipedia article, the ad was cropped and cleaned in a graphics editing program. The original can be viewed at the source below.|
Jim Gordon is ...
|Born||14 July 1945 in Los Angeles|
|Died||13 March 2023 in Vacaville|
|Age||77 years, 8 months|
|Sex or gender||male|
|Country of citizenship||United States of America|
|Birth name||James Beck Gordon|
|Occupation||musician, songwriter, pianist and percussionist|
|Instrument||drum kit, percussion instrument and upright piano|
|Genre||blues, blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock|
|Member of||Derek and the Dominos|
|Educated at||Grant High School|
About Jim Gordon
Jim Gordon was a musical prodigy from the start. Born in Los Angeles in 1945, he began playing the drums at the age of two and was performing professionally by the time he was a teenager. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the most talented drummers in the business, and his skills caught the attention of some of the biggest names in rock and roll.
Gordon's career took off in the 1960s, when he began playing with the likes of the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, and the Byrds. But it was his work with Eric Clapton that really put him on the map. Gordon played on some of Clapton's most iconic albums, including Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs and 461 Ocean Boulevard.
Despite his success, Gordon struggled with mental illness throughout his life. In 1983, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was eventually institutionalized after murdering his mother. He remains in a mental institution to this day.
Gordon's tragic story is a reminder of the toll that mental illness can take on even the most talented and successful individuals. But his contributions to rock and roll will never be forgotten. As Rolling Stone put it, "Jim Gordon was one of the greatest drummers of his generation, a true musical genius whose legacy will live on for generations to come."
- "Jim Gordon: The Tragic Story of a Musical Genius" by Michael Gallucci, Ultimate Classic Rock
- "Jim Gordon: The Drummer Who Lost His Mind" by Dave Lifton, Ultimate Classic Rock
- "Jim Gordon" by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic
Gordon died in prison on March 13, 2023, at the age of 77.
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