Jim Gordon, a well-known percussionist, died on March 13 at the age of 77. Gordon had been at the California Medical Center since July 1984, when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia after murdering his mother. His manager, Bob Merlis, indicated that he died of natural causes and that more information will be released shortly. On Facebook, popular singer Marcella Detroit posted a photo of Gordon with members of Derek and the Dominos and wrote:
“And now we have percussionist Jim Gordon, who was in Derek and the Dominoes W EC, and my instructor, the late Carl Radle, both in this photo. Jim was a fantastic percussionist, but he struggled with mental illness and spent most of his time in prison after murdering his mother. A disaster for everyone. I pray you are happy, Carl Dean, please say hi for me.”
Another percussionist, Matt Tecu, posted two photos of Gordon on Facebook, calling him a “legendary drummer” and one of his all-time favorites. The message continued saying:
“He performed on so many songs that we all love by musicians we admire like The Wrecking Crew, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Carly Simon, Carol, King, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Motown, etc, etc. For many years she struggled with mental illness. “I’m recording on one of their drum kits.”
Jim Gordon rose to fame as part of Derek and the Dominos.
Jim Gordon, who was born on July 14, 1945, attended Grant High School and later joined the Everly Brothers. At the time he was only 17 years old, but he rose to fame in the music business after contributing to several of the group’s recordings. He met Eric Clapton, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock while touring with Delaney & Bonnie, leading to the creation of Derek and the Dominos in 1970. The ensemble was only active for a year before releasing an album called Layla and Other Assorted Love. Songs that received negative reviews and financial success.
Although Derek and the Dominos disbanded in 1971, Gordon continued to perform for other musicians such as Dave Mason and toured with various ensembles. He appeared on recordings such as The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, Nilsson Schmilsson, Bongo Rock and others. In the 1970s, he toured with Johnny Rivers and appeared on songs such as Rikki Do n’t Lose That Number. He was the percussionist for the Souther Hillman Furay Band, also known as SHF.
Jim Gordon murdered his mother.
Jim Gordon murdered his mother, Osa Marie Gordon, in June 1983, saying a voice told him to do so. He was later identified as having schizophrenia, the symptoms of which he had suffered for a long time, denying himself food, sleep or rest.
Gordon became available for release after serving her 16-year sentence in July 1984, but was frequently turned down for various reasons. The most recent was in March 2018 and was available for release again in March 2021.