The Allman Brothers Band

Bobby Whitlock & Kim Carmel

An Interview By Bill Thames

Bobby Whitlock began his career as a musician’s equivalent to a supercharged Ferrari racecar; laying rubber and burning-up stage, studio, and sensibilities, chasing, and finally capturing that fleeting star. Like many other successful Southern musicians, Whitlock seemed to go from “chopping cotton in Mississippi to being a rock star,” as he put it, “almost overnight.”

After signing with Stax Records during the late 1960’s, Bobby Whitlock began touring and recording with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, becoming forever associated with music icons, Duane Allman, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle.

As a result of those early bonds, Whitlock became an integral part of George Harrison’s, epic, “All Things Must Pass” recording along with Eric Clapton, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordon. The resultant amalgamation eventually became the nucleus of the world’s greatest “unknown” Rock and Roll band—Derek and the Dominos.

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