Jim Gordon, Eric Clapton drummer and convicted assassin, has died

Jim Gordon, Eric Clapton drummer and convicted assassin, has died
Jim Gordon, Eric Clapton drummer and convicted assassin, has died

Jim Gordon, a session drummer for Eric Clapton and George Harrison within the ’70s, has died on the age of 77.

The drummer’s loss of life was confirmed by publicist Bob Merlis, per a Los Angeles Occasions report. Merlis stated in an announcement that Gordon died of pure causes at California Medical Facility, a jail medical facility, within the metropolis of Vacaville on Monday (March 13) “after an extended incarceration and lifelong battle with psychological sickness”.

Gordon was convicted for murdering his mom Osa Marie Gordon in June 1983 earlier than being identified with schizophrenia. Per a 1994 Washington Publish profile of Gordon, Gordon bludgeoned the 72-year-old Osa Marie with a hammer after which stabbed her to loss of life with a butcher knife. He had been incarcerated since 1984, when he was convicted of homicide and sentenced 16 years to life in jail, with a number of appeals for parole denied.

Earlier than his conviction and imprisonment, Gordon was additionally identified for co-writing ‘Layla’ with Eric Clapton. Launched by Derek and the Dominos, the short-lived supergroup of which Gordon and Clapton have been each members, the track famously chronicled Clapton’s infatuation with George Harrison’s then-wife Pattie Boyd. Gordon would go on to trace majority of the drums on Harrison’s 1970 album ‘All Issues Should Cross’.

Gordon had battled psychological sickness all through the course of his profession. His former girlfriend Rita Coolidge revealed in a Leon Russell biography, per Selection, that whereas on tour with Joe Cocker in 1970, Gordon as soon as hit her so arduous that she “lifted off the ground and slammed towards the wall on the opposite aspect of the hallway”.

Elsewhere in his profession, Gordon – born James Beck Gordon – recorded with John Lennon, Alice Cooper, Steely Dan, Johnny Rivers, the Everly Brothers, Frank Zappa, Leon Russell, Visitors, Gordon Lightfoot, Seals & Crofts, Jackson Browne and extra.

Gordon is reportedly survived by his daughter Amy.


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