Carl Radle, bassist
Derek & the Dominos

Carl Radle

June 18, 1942, Oklahoma City, OK ~ May 30, 1980 Tulsa, OK

From late 1970 until the end of that decade, Carl Radle was one of the top bassists in rock music. He began the decade as a star on his instrument by virtue of his membership in the short-lived legendary band Derek & the Dominos, alongside Eric Clapton and yoked to drummer Jim Gordon in an outstanding rhythm section - but it was the sheer quality of his work that had led him to that point and sustained him for years after. Born in Oklahoma City in 1942, he reached his teens just as the rock & roll boom began. By the early '60s, he'd made his way to California, where he played for a time as a member of Skip & the Flips, a group organized by future Byrd Skip Battin, playing alongside drummer Billy Mundi. He entered the orbit of his fellow Oklahoman Leon Russell and played numerous sessions for him during the latter's days as an arranger - although uncredited, Radle played on many recordings for Gary Lewis & the Playboys. For a time in the late '60s, he was also a member of the band Colours, which cut two LPs for Dot Records at the end of the decade. It was Russell's introduction that brought Radle to the attention of Delaney & Bonnie and led to him joining their backing band (alongside drummer Jim Gordon) and which, in turn, led him to cross paths with Eric Clapton, who used him (along with Gordon) on his first solo album, and also to his participation in the sessions for George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album, which brought about the formation of Derek & the Dominos. ~ Allmusic: Carl Radle ~ retrieved June 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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In the Playboy Jazz and Pop Poll, Carl was ranked yearly in the top ten bass players, ultimately reaching the number two spot although he never played jazz as such. In one of the most competitive of all fields, Carl Radle, a kind and gentle soul and a devoted and respected musician, lived his career at a pinnacle that very few ever reach. He was known and labeled as “A Musician’s Musician.” ~ Carl Radle ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 ©

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Leon Russell ~ Hank Wilson's Back (1973) ~ Named one of the Vivascene Top 10 Country Albums Every Music Fan Should Own in 2014 ~ Not since Ray Charles had taken on Nashville material in 1962 had an established musician ventured so far from familiar ground. It turned out that Leon's persona, Hank Wilson, may be the real Leon Russell, so convincing is this album. ~ 2014 © Vivascene

Delaney & Bonnie

After signing to the famed Memphis soul label, Stax, Delaney & Bonnie recorded their debut LP, 1969's Home. Though cut with the aid of Stax linchpins like Booker T. & the MG's, William Bell, and Isaac Hayes, the record went virtually unnoticed and the duo were released from their contract. They landed with Elektra to release the follow-up, Accept No Substitute - recorded with a superb backing band including keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle, and drummer Jim Keltner, the album was another commercial failure, but the couple's gritty, soulful vocals and earthy sound earned the appreciation of fellow musicians at home and abroad, not to mention an invitation to serve as the opening act on British supergroup Blind Faith's 1969 U.S. tour. Blind Faith's superstar guitarist Clapton was soon a fixture aboard Delaney & Bonnie's tour bus, regularly jamming with the Bramletts and their band. When Blind Faith disbanded after the tour ended, Clapton joined Delaney & Bonnie full-time, assuming a sideman role and actively avoiding the spotlight on-stage and off. ~ Allmusic: Delaney & Bonnie ~ retrieved December 18, 2013 © Allmusic

Delaney & Bonnie ~ Motel Shot (1971) ~ Ranked #29 Village Voice Best Albums Of 1971.

Derek & The Dominos

Derek & the Dominos ~ Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) ~ Ranked #117 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Deeply in love with his best friend George Harrison's wife, Eric Clapton came up with an album of love-tortured blues that gets a kick from guest Duane Allman, the rare guitarist who could challenge him. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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