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Jim Gordon

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The Resume

    (July 14, 1945-March 13, 2023)
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Rock drummer
    Member of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (1969-70), Derek and the Dominos (1970-71) and the Incredible Bongo Band (1973)
    Played on records by Phil Spector, John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Alice Cooper, The Carpenters, etc.
    Co-wrote the song 'Layla'

Why he might be annoying:

    He abused drugs.
    At his last gig, a Vegas show with Paul Anka, he walked offstage during the first song, unable to play (1979).
    He began hearing voices and checked himself in and out of mental hospitals 14 times.
    He became convinced that his mother was one of the voices in his head and bludgeoned and stabbed her to death (June 3, 1983).
    He became the first convicted murderer to win a Grammy when 'Layla' was named best rock and roll song of 1992.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was such an in demand session musician that producer Perry Botkin noted, 'I would put off record dates just to make sure I could get him.'
    Initially, he had such a squeaky-clean, all-American image that Frank Zappa nicknamed him 'Skippy.'
    He played the drums for Animal in 'The Muppet Movie.'
    Despite a well-documented history of mental illness, he drew a 16 years to life sentence thanks to a change in California law greatly restricting the use of the insanity defense.
    He said of the music industry's reaction, 'When the crime happened, they all just turned their backs on me. I don't blame 'em, to tell you the truth.'

Credit: C. Fishel

Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 52 Votes: 55.77% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 12 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 15 Votes: 26.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 17 Votes: 52.94% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 19 Votes: 68.42% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 41 Votes: 65.85% Annoying