Bobby Whitlock, best known for his days playing with Eric Clapton in Derek & The Dominos, has finally received credit for one of the band’s classic tunes from 1970’s Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. In addition to he and Clapton co-writing the bulk of the album, including “I Looked Away”, “Keep On Growing”, “Anyday”, “Tell The Truth” and “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?,” Whitlock was also long-rumored to have co-written the timeless soul scorcher “Bell Bottom Blues.”
During a recent interview, when the question was posed about the writing of “Bell Bottom Blues,” rather than go on record as stating that he co-wrote the song — which until now has been solely credited to Clapton — Whitlock, who remains close with the guitarist, emailed him and wrote down his recollection of how the pair came up with the song: “I said, ‘I hope this refreshes your memory.’ Y’know? And he wrote back to me in three-and-a-half minutes, saying, ‘You’re right! Y’know?’ (Laughs) And he said, ‘I’ll take care of this. I’ll make it right’ — and he did. And so, as of now, from now on, my name’s going to be on everything that has anything to do with ‘Bell Bottom Blues’ and all the future releases, when they put the 50th anniversary box set together. So, everything has been made right. This is, like, brand new, man. You’re the first person to know about this outside from, y’know, people close.”]
- Whitlock and his wife Coco Carmel will be heading out in September for an 11-date acoustic tour. The shows will feature highlights from Whitlock’s career, along with key tunes from his and Carmel’s current album, called, Carniva.
- The pair, who’ll be welcoming guest guitarists in every city, kick things off on September 11th in Memphis, Tennessee and wind things down on October 1st in Berwyn, Illinois.
- JUST ANNOUNCED: Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel tour dates (subject to change):
September 11 – Memphis, TN – The Warehouse
September 12 – Nashville, TN – The City Winery
September 15 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
September 19 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club
September 20 – Sellersville, PA – Sellerville Theater
September 22 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center For The Arts
September 23 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
September 27 – Rochester, NY – The Lovin’ Cup
September 26 – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom
September 29 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
October 1 – Berwyn, IL – Fitzgerald’s