Marmaduke (Greene County) native Bobby Whitlock is best known as a member of Eric Clapton’s post-Blind Faith band Derek and the Dominos. Whitlock’s musical career began with Memphis soul acts such as Sam & Dave and Booker T. & the M.G.’s before he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends in 1968. His association with Delaney & Bonnie bandmate Eric Clapton led to Whitlock’s participation in sessions for George Harrison’s 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass, in London, and the formation of Derek and the Dominos that year.
Released in November 1970, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, the double album best known for its title track, “Layla”, is often regarded as Eric Clapton’s greatest musical achievement. On the band’s sole studio album, Whitlock wrote or co-wrote seven of the album’s fourteen tracks, including “Tell the Truth”, “Anyday” and “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?”
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Top LPs chart. It returned to the US albums chart again in 1972, 1974 and 1977, and has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA. In 2000, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2003, television network VH1 named Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs the 89th-greatest album of all time, and Rolling Stone ranked it number 117 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
Whitlock recorded four solo albums during the 1970s, among them Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet, and contributed to albums by Clapton, John Lennon, Dr John and the Rolling Stones. He then retired from music until releasing It’s About Time in 1999.
Robert co-founded FayetteSound in 2016 and ShindigMusic! in the summer of 2017. He is a singer-songwriter/musician from the Arkansas delta, avid vinyl collector, aquarium aficionado and connoisseur of all things rock 'n' roll. He currently is lead vocalist for Los Angeles based band Farmikos and co-conspirator at The Record Exchange. "Do You Remember Laughter?"