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Thelma Houston is an American singer and actress. She scored a hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song Dont Leave Me This Way. Houston was born in Leland and she is the daughter of a cotton picking mother. She and her three sisters grew up primarily in Long Beach, after marrying and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group and was subsequently signed as a recording artist with Dunhill Records. She is not related to Whitney Houston, in 1969, Houston released her debut album, entitled Sunshower, produced and composed by Jimmy Webb except for one track. In 1971 she signed with Motown Records but her recordings with them were largely unsuccessful. Her most notable single during that period was Youve Been Doing Wrong for So Long which peaked at #64 on the U. S. Billboard R&B chart in 1974, however Houstons vocal prowess on that track secured her a nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In April 1974 Houston joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, the show was canceled in August and for the next several years her work was limited to demo recordings and performing at small venues.
Houston took acting classes and received her first role in the 1975 made-for-television film Death Scream. In that same year Sheffield Lab released Ive Got the Music in Me a Direct to disc recording by Thelma Houston, the following year she recorded songs for the soundtrack of the film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings starring Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. That year Houstons version of Do You Know Where Youre Going To was being set for release when it was pulled. In 1976 Houston sang backing vocals for Motown labelmate Jermaine Jackson on his album My Name Is Jermaine, Houston released her third album Any Way You Like It in 1976. The first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 1975 song Dont Leave Me This Way. In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U. S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts, Dont Leave Me This Way won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977. Also in 1977 Houston teamed up with Jerry Butler to record the album Thelma & Jerry and that November 1977 she co-starred in the film Game Show Models.
The impact of If Its the Last Thing I Do was far less than that of Dont Leave Me This Way, as the former fell short of both the R&B Top Ten and the Pop Top 40. With the lead single from her 1978 album The Devil in Me, Im Here Again, the albums second single, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, gradually accrued airplay entering the national charts in March 1979 and ascending as high as #34 that June. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning was issued on a new album by Houston, Ride to the Rainbow, the constant ranking of her 1980s releases as moderate or minor R&B hits led Houston to concentrate on alternate exposure
The Robbs were an American 1960s pop and rock band from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. They are best known for being the band on Dick Clarks mid-1960s show Where The Action Is. They are known for placing the most singles on Billboard magazines Bubbling Under chart without ever crossing over into the Billboard Hot 100. The Robbs were centered around a band of brothers, all of whom adopted pseudonyms, the brothers were David Donaldson, Robert Donaldson, and George Donaldson. The fourth member was unrelated family friend Craig Krampf, the band was founded in the early 1960s without Krampf, and recorded as Dee Robb, Robby & The Robbins, and Dee Robb & the Robins before settling on The Robbs and hiring Krampf in 1965. Musically, the Robbs were noted for their use of vocals, and instrumentation that was inspired by folk-rock, bubblegum music. The band recorded with some regional success between 1966 and 1970, at first for Mercury and subsequently for a variety of record labels, almost all of their singles charted on radio stations in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
As well, their 1966 single Race With The Wind was a hit in Chicago. An early single was co-written and produced by the team of P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who had earlier written a hit single for the strictly studio-concocted band The Grass Roots. Sloan and Barri reportedly offered The Robbs a chance to step in, the Robbs lone album, from 1967, was compiled from the A-side and B-sides of their 1966 and 1967 singles, along with two new tracks. This self-titled LP made the Billboard 200 chart for one week in January 1968,200, and the band was shortly thereafter dropped by Mercury Records. Upon signing to Atlantic in 1968, The Robbs pursued a country rock orientation. After their two Atlantic singles missed even the bubbling under charts, Atlantic let the band go, the Robbs continued to release singles for this label, with the usual regional success and some bubbling under appearances, but no national breakthrough. In 1971, the changed their name to Cherokee. The four band members reverted to their names for their work with this band.
They released one self-titled album as Cherokee, as well as the 1971 non-LP single Girl, both the album and the single featured the participation of Chris Hillman of The Byrds. However, the album did not chart, nor did the lead single Rosianna. The follow-up single charted in the top 40 on radio stations in at least six U. S. states as well as in Kingston, however, as had happened with numerous singles credited to The Robbs, nationally the single only appeared on Billboards Bubbling Under chart
Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and this lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Michael Allsup, and Floyd Sneed. The band registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975 and it helped introduce mainstream audiences to the work of many songwriters, including Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night was freezing, it was a three dog night. The three vocalists, Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells first came together in 1967 and made recordings with Brian Wilson. Ron Morgan left the early on and subsequently went on to join the Electric Prunes. Michael Allsup was quickly recruited to replace him on guitar, Three Dog Night earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was One, which had been written and recorded by Harry Nilsson.
The group had three US #1 songs, each of which featured a different lead singer, Mama Told Me Not to Come, which was their only Top 10 hit in the UK, Joy to the World, and Black and White. Dunhill Records claimed that 40 million record albums were sold by the band during this time, as its members wrote just a handful of songs on the albums, most songs Three Dog Night recorded were written by outside songwriters. Three Dog Night made its debut in 1968 at the Whiskey a Go Go. They were still in the process of making their first album Three Dog Night when they heard the favorable reactions from the hypercritical audience. The album Three Dog Night was a success with its hit songs One and Nobody and helped the band gain recognition, other damages were sought due to ATI taking deposits for booking Three Dog Night, whom they no longer represented. Joe Schermie was replaced by Jack Ryland in 1973, and the became an eight-piece with the inclusion of another keyboard player. In late 1974, Allsup and Sneed left to form a new band, SS Fools, with Schermie.
New members James Smitty Smith and drummer Mickey McMeel were recruited, by 1976, their run of hit records had ended and Hutton was succeeded by Jay Gruska. Hours before their first concert of their 1975 tour, Chuck Negron was arrested for the possession of narcotics but was released on $10,000 bond. After writing a couple of songs for them, and doing background vocals on one of their albums, I was asked to do a national tour of 10 to 12 thousand seat venues as the ‘3rd Dog’
The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the citys Motown sound of the 1960s. The groups repertoire has included music, R&B, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz. They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their singer, whereas most male. The group was the male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland. These included two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits for the Tops, I Cant Help Myself in 1965, after Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson, but generally with less success. When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, in the 1980s, the Four Tops recorded for Casablanca Records, Arista Records and Motown, returning to that label on two occasions for brief stays. Apart from their album Indestructible, Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire catalog and their 1956 single.
A change of lineup was forced on the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20,1997, the group initially continued as a three-piece under the name the Tops, before Theo Peoples was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000, on July 1,2005, Benson died of lung cancer. Paytons son Roquel Payton replaced him, Levi Stubbs died on October 17,2008. Fakir, McNeir, Roquel Payton, and Harold Spike Bonhart, Fakir is the only surviving founding member of the group. All four members of the began their careers together while they were high-school students in Detroit. At the insistence of their friends, Pershing High students Levi Stubbs and Abdul Duke Fakir performed with Renaldo Obie Benson, the quartet decided to remain together and named the group the Four Aims. With the help of Paytons songwriter cousin Roquel Davis, the Aims signed to Chess Records in 1956, over the next seven years, the Tops had unsuccessful tenures at Chess, Red Top, Riverside Records and Columbia Records.
Without any hit records to their name, they toured frequently, developing a stage presence. In 1963, Berry Gordy, Jr. who had worked with Roquel Davis as a songwriter in the late 1950s, during their early Motown years, the Four Tops recorded jazz standards for the companys Workshop label. In addition, they sang backup on Motown singles by the Supremes, Martha, in 1964, Motowns main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, created a complete instrumental track without any idea of what to do with it. They decided to craft the song as a mainstream pop song for the Four Tops
Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. They did not experience much success in the UK. In 2005 the band reformed, and continue to perform as of 2016, the band formed at Manchester University, but settled in London where they signed with Charisma. They went through a number of incarnations in their early years, the quartet subsequently achieved significant success in Italy with the release of Pawn Hearts in 1971. After several exhausting tours of Italy, the split in 1972. They reformed in 1975, releasing Godbluff and frequently touring Italy again, before a major line-up change, after many years apart, the band finally united at a gig at the Royal Festival Hall and a short tour in 2005. Since then, the band has continued as a trio of Hammill and Evans, while Hammill is the primary songwriter for the band, and its members have contributed to his solo albums, he is keen to stress that the band collectively arranges all its material.
His voice has been a component of the band throughout its career. It has been described as a male Nico and would on be cited as an influence by Goth bands in the 1980s, though the group have generally been commercially unsuccessful outside of early 1970s Italy, they have inspired several musicians, including John Lydon and Julian Cope. After an unsatisfactory audition they had attended in response to an advert to form a band, he met fellow student Peter Hammill. Hammill had begun writing songs and poetry at the age of 12 while at prep school and he was briefly employed as a computer programmer, during which time he subsequently claimed to have written much of the bands early material, before enrolling at Manchester. Smith was so impressed with the quality of Hammills original material that the two agreed to form a band together. The band name chosen from Smiths list was based on a Van de Graaff generator, Smith recalls the reason for this may have been that Van de Graaff died in 1967, which was widely reported in the media.
Along with two dancers, the initial line-up was Hammill on guitar and vocals, Smith on drums, wind instruments and vocals. Head of Mercury Records, who offered the trio of Hammill, Smith, at this point, the band had to make a decision whether to stay on at university, or quit their courses and move to London to turn professional. Pearne was not keen to abandon his studies, so decided to leave the group, on arrival in London and Smith met up with trainee BBC engineer and classically trained organist Hugh Banton, who was a brother of one of their friends back in Manchester. Later that year, they met Tony Stratton-Smith, who agreed to sign a management contract with them in December, through him, the band acquired a bass guitar player, Keith Ellis, with drummer Guy Evans joining not too long afterwards. This line-up performed on BBC Radio 1s Top Gear radio show in November, Melody Maker said the single was one of the best records of the week
The Lamp of Childhood was a short-lived American folk rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1966. The band release three singles failed to chart and disbanded in 1967, but had several notable members. The band was founded by Jim Hendricks, former member of The Mugwumps and Hendricks previously performed together in the New York-based folk trio The Big 3 in 1963–4. The lineup of The Lamp of Childhood featured Hendricks on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Fred Olson, bassist Mike Tani, drummer Billy Mundi, the band released three singles after signing with Dunhill Records, beginning with a cover of Donovans Season of the Witch in late 1966. Mundi departed the band after the release failed to garner sales. The band released singles with Marty Tryon on bass. Hendricks was replaced in the group for the June 1967 festival by John York, following the breakup of the band, York went on to join The Byrds, while Mekler reached fame as producer of hard rock group Steppenwolfs hit albums. Mundi left the Mothers of Invention to join the supergroup Rhinoceros, Hendricks eventually established himself as a gospel and country artist based in Nashville, Tennessee
Colosseum were a pioneering English progressive jazz-rock band, mixing blues and jazz-based improvisation. They met up again early in 1968 when they played in John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, during which time they played on the Bare Wires album. Childhood friend Dave Greenslade was quickly recruited on organ, as was bass player Tony Reeves who had known both Jon and Dave since being teenage musicians in South East London. The bands line-up was completed, after lengthy auditions, by Jim Roche on guitar and James Litherland, the band made their live debut at the Scene Club and were promptly recorded by influential BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel for his Top Gear Radio program. This appearance gained them valuable exposure and critical acclaim and their first album, Those Who Are About to Die Salute You, which opened with the Bond composition Walkin in the Park, was released by the Philips Fontana label in early 1969. For the third album, The Grass Is Greener, released only in the United States in 1970, louis Cennamo briefly replaced Tony Reeves on bass, but was replaced in turn by Mark Clarke within a month.
Then Hiseman recruited vocalist Chris Farlowe to enable Clempson to concentrate on guitar and this lineup had already partly recorded the 1970 album Daughter of Time. In March 1971, the recorded concerts at the Big Apple Club in Brighton. Hiseman was impressed with the atmosphere at the Manchester show, the recordings were released as a live double album Colosseum Live in 1971. In October 1971 the original band broke up, after the band split, Jon Hiseman formed Tempest with bassist Mark Clarke, Dave Greenslade formed Greenslade together with Tony Reeves. Chris Farlowe joined Atomic Rooster, and Dick Heckstall-Smith embarked on a solo career, Clem Clempson joined the hit group Humble Pie. They released three albums before disbanding in 1978, Colosseum reunited 23 years with exactly the same line-up as they split in 1971. It was re-released in 2004 as a DVD, the rejuvenated band played a lengthy tour of mainly German concerts. A second tour followed in 1997, to promote their new studio album Bread and they appeared at major festivals in 1998,1999 and 2000.
In 2003 they toured on the back of Tomorrows Blues CD, Hisemans wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, joined the band on various occasions before the death of Dick Heckstall-Smith in December 2004, before becoming a permanent member of the band. In 2005, there were three memorial concerts for Dick Heckstall-Smith, one in Hamburg Germany and two in England, on 24 September 2005 they performed in Moscow, followed by more concerts in 2006. In 2007, the made their first appearance in Japan and returned to play dates in Germany. Further tours of Europe were made in 2010, in October 2010, Jon Hisemans biography, Playing the Band - The Musical Life of Jon Hiseman, was published
Barry McGuire is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for the hit song Eve of Destruction, McGuire was born in Oklahoma City and moved to California in early childhood, when he was two years old. At age 16, he joined the United States Navy, but was discharged ten months for being under age, after working as a commercial fisherman, and going on to become a journeyman pipe fitter, McGuire got a job singing in a bar. In 1961, he released his first single called The Tree and he formed a duo with Barry Kane called Barry & Barry. At The Troubadour they both joined The New Christy Minstrels, a folk group performing there, and McGuire sang lead vocals on their novelty single Three Wheels on My Wagon. They continued to perform their separate duo act there as well as performing with The New Christy Minstrels and it included If I Had A Hammer. Released three months after the release of the song by folk trio Peter and Mary. Their album, Here And Now on vinyl eventually went out of print, in 1963, McGuire along with Randy Sparks co-wrote, and sang lead vocal on, the Christys first and biggest hit single, Green.
He left the Christys in January 1965, after recording the album and Indians, however, on the 1965 album, Chim Chim Cher-ee, he sang only on the title cut. As a folk rock singer in the 1960s, he was best known for his hits Eve of Destruction and Sins of a Family. Barrys other chart successes were Child of Our Times and Cloudy Summer Afternoon, Eve of Destruction sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. McGuires, The Eve of Destruction, peaked at No.37 on the Billboard 200 albums chart during the week ending September 25,1965 and that same week the single of that name went to No.1 on both the and Billboard Hot 100 charts. McGuire was never again to break into the Top 40, the song knocked, Help. by The Beatles out of the top spot on the chart. The recording includes an ahhh where McGuire could not read the words, the Temptations referenced McGuires song Eve of Destruction in their song Ball of Confusion. For other references and covers of Eve of Destruction see the article, the album, This Precious Time was released in 1966, his second with Dunhill Records.
It includes a version of California Dreamin with The Mamas & the Papas singing backing vocals, McGuire is mentioned several times in The Mamas & the Papas hit, Creeque Alley. Frank Zappa wrote McGuires name in the sleeve of his, Freak Out, album as one of his musical influences. McGuire appeared in the 1967 movie, The Presidents Analyst with James Coburn as the character, Old Wrangler and he starred for a year in the Broadway musical, Hair in 1968
Kenneth Mars was an American television and voice actor, who specialized in comedic roles. He had roles in two Mel Brooks films, as the Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in The Producers and Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Friedrich Kemp in Young Frankenstein, Mars appeared in two seasons of Malcolm in the Middle as Otto, Franciss well-meaning but dim-witted boss. He voiced King Triton, Ariels father, in the 1989 Disney animated film The Little Mermaid and its sequel, the television series and the Kingdom Hearts series. He did several other animated voice over film roles such as Littlefoots grandfather in the Land Before Time series, a Dinosaurs Story, and King Colbert in Thumbelina. His father, Bernard Sonny Mars, was a radio and television personality and he studied fine arts and acting at Northwestern University. After graduation he began acting in the early 1960s, did small roles in theatre followed by TV, in 1977, he married Barbara Newborn. They had two daughters and Rebecca, and six grandchildren, the marriage lasted until his death in 2011.
Mars made his debut in 1962 as a book publisher on Car 54. He appeared on television series as Gunsmoke, Get Smart, McMillan & Wife. He appeared in roles, such as Will Turner. Mars played Harry Zarakartos on the Richard Benjamin-Paula Prentiss sitcom He & She and he was featured in a number of small roles in broadcasts such as the Misfits of Science pilot episode and the Star Trek, Deep Space Nine episode Shadowplay. He was cast opposite Bette Davis in Hello Mother, Goodbye, a 1973 television pilot aired by NBC but never picked up as a series. From 1970-74 Mars guest starred in five episodes of Love, American Style, although he often played comic-looking oddball characters, his appearances on Love, American Style showed he was actually a tall, good-looking man. In 2001 Mars portrayed a comedic famous but washed-up photographer on Just Shoot Me, Mars often played characters with exaggerated accents. He portrayed German characters in The Producers and Young Frankenstein, and played the Croatian musicologist Hugh Simon in Whats Up and his first broadly accented character was that of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in the 1962 Off-Broadway revival of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes.
He appeared in the 1962 Broadway play, The Affair, Mars cultivated a lengthy voice acting career, launching it by voicing several characters on Uncle Crocs Block. He voiced the roles of Ariels father King Triton in The Little Mermaid, a Dinosaurs Story, as well as voicing Triton in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. He voiced Littlefoots Grandpa Longneck in the Land Before Time series of films and he played some minor roles on the popular radio show, Adventures in Odyssey
Hal Blaine is an American drummer and session musician. He is most known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California and he has played on 40 number one hit singles,150 top ten hits and has performed on, by his own accounting, over 35,000 recorded tracks. He is widely regarded as one of the most prolific drummers in rock and roll history, Blaine is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2010, Blaine was born to Jewish Eastern European immigrants and Rose Belsky, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Hal Blaine Strikes Again is a stamp used by Blaine to mark music scores and places where he has played. Drummer and author Max Weinberg, in his introduction to the chapter on Blaine in his book, Eleven years our band played Wembley Arena, after the show, while we were relaxing backstage, Bruce asked me to come into his dressing room. I went in, he pointed to the wall and said, I looked at the wall but didnt see anything except peeling wallpaper.
Finally, I got right down on the spot he was pointing to, and right there, in a crack in the paper, rubber stamped to the wall, it said HAL BLAINE STRIKES AGAIN. When asked to explain about the stamp Blaine replied, I always stamp my charts, and theres a reason why I started that, it wasnt all ego. He went on to describe that occasionally he would need to find a particular chart amidst five hundred pieces of music in a pile and he needed some mark to do so. Eventually I had a stamp made up, and from that day on Ive always stamped every piece of music I play. Hal was getting so many studio dates he actually had a stamp made. Robinson and 1971 for Bridge over Troubled Water, The 5th Dimension in 1970 for Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,1963 Deuces, Ts, Roadsters and Drums 1966 Drums. A Go Go 1967 Psychedelic Percussion 1968 Have Fun, with Irene Kral Wonderful Life Hal Blaines drums can be heard as part of the Wall of Sound on the Ronettes 1963 No.2 hit Be My Baby, produced by Phil Spector at Hollywoods Gold Star Studios.
Max Weinberg wrote, If Hal Blaine had played only on the Ronettes Be My Baby, his name would still be uttered with reverence. Rolling Stone magazine listed the song as No.22 on The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, in March 2000, Hal Blaine was one of the first five sidemen inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of the musicians with whom Blaine has worked include
Cass Elliot, known as Mama Cass, was an American singer and actress, best known as a member of The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she released five solo albums, in 1998, John Phillips, Denny Doherty, and Michelle Phillips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their work as The Mamas & the Papas. Ellen Naomi Cohen was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Philip Cohen, both her parents were the children of Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire. Her father owned a business, and her mother was a trained nurse. Elliot had a brother Joseph and a younger sister Leah, who became a singer as a member of the Coyote Sisters. The Cohens moved to Alexandria, Elliot adopted the name Cass in high school, possibly borrowing it from actress Peggy Cass, as Denny Doherty tells it. She assumed the surname Elliot some time later, in memory of a friend who had died, Elliot attended George Washington High School, along with Jim Morrison of The Doors. While still attending George Washington High School, Elliot became interested in acting and was cast in a production of the play The Boy Friend.
She left high school shortly before graduation and moved to New York City to further her acting career, americas folk music scene was on the rise when Elliot met banjoist and singer Tim Rose and singer John Brown, and the three began performing as The Triumvirate. In 1963, James Hendricks replaced Brown, and the trio was renamed The Big 3, Elliots first recording with The Big 3 was Winkin and Nod, released by FM Records in 1963. Tim Rose left The Big 3 in 1964, and Elliot and Hendricks teamed with Canadians Zal Yanovsky and this group lasted eight months, after which Cass performed as a solo act for a while. In the meantime and John Sebastian co-founded The Lovin Spoonful, while Doherty joined The New Journeymen, in 1965, Doherty persuaded Phillips that Elliot should join the group, which she did while she and the group members were vacationing in the Virgin Islands. Elliot confirmed the story in a 1968 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Its true, I did get hit on the head by a pipe that fell down and they were tearing this club apart in the islands, revamping it, putting in a dance floor.
Workmen dropped a thin metal plumbing pipe and it hit me on the head, I had a concussion and went to the hospital. I had a bad headache for two weeks and all of a sudden I was singing higher. With two female members, The New Journeymen needed a new name, according to Doherty, Elliot had the inspiration for the bands new name, as written on his website, Were all just lying around vegging out watching TV and discussing names for the group. The New Journeymen was not a handle that was going to hang on this outfit, John was pushing for The Magic Cyrcle. Eech, but none of us could come up with anything better, we switch the channel and and the first thing we hear is, Now hold on there, Hoss
Robert Stanley Bobby Whitlock is an American singer and musician. He is best known for being a member of blues-rock band Derek, Whitlocks musical career began with Memphis soul acts such as Sam & Dave and Booker T. & the MGs before he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends in 1968. Whitlock recorded four albums during the 1970s, among them Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet, and contributed to albums by Clapton, John Lennon, Dr John. He retired from music until releasing Its About Time in 1999, following his return, Whitlock has recorded and performed with wife CoCo Carmel and, since 2006, with other musicians based in Austin, Texas. Among his and Carmels projects, the well-received Other Assorted Love Songs, Live from Whitney Chapel contains acoustic interpretations of songs recorded by Derek. In an article for Mojo magazine in May 2011, music journalist Phil Sutcliffe described Bobby Whitlock as born in Memphis and his first contribution to a recording was in 1967, when he supplied handclaps on Sam & Daves single I Thank You.
Between 1965 and 1968, Whitlock performed regularly in the Memphis area, in his 2010 autobiography, Whitlock writes of this period in Memphis, It was a great time and town for music then, especially soul music. It was real rhythm and blues, albert King R&B, thats what Im talking about. It was loose and all about music everywhere that you turned, Whitlock recalls that he was performing at a club with the Counts when the Bramletts invited him to join a soul-revue band they were forming in Los Angeles. Whitlock contributed on keyboards and vocals to two Delaney & Bonnie albums in 1969, Home and Accept No Substitute, another member was Eric Clapton, who joined the Friends line-up as lead guitarist midway through a US tour in July–August 1969. On this tour, Delaney & Bonnie were supporting Claptons short-lived supergroup with Steve Winwood, Clapton described Whitlock as without doubt the most energetic sideman I had ever seen. Along with all the members of Delaney & Bonnie, Whitlock flew to England in November 1969 to prepare for a much-publicized European tour.
Once in London, Whitlock participated in a session for US soul singer Doris Troys solo album on the Beatles Apple record label. The album, Doris Troy, was co-produced by George Harrison, through Harrison and the band played at John Lennons Peace for Christmas concert, held at the Lyceum Ballroom in London on December 15,1969. In early 1970, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends backed Clapton on his solo album, Eric Clapton. Arguments over money with the Bramletts led to the other Friends quitting the band and joining Leon Russell on Joe Cockers Mad Dogs, Whitlock continued to work with Delaney & Bonnie until April, following sessions for their To Bonnie from Delaney album. On Croppers advice, he returned to England to stay with Clapton at his Surrey home. Seeking to start a new band and Clapton reunited with Radle, before going on to back Harrison on his 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass