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Died On This Date (May 30, 1980) Carl Radle / Played Bass For Eric Clapton

Posted by themusicsover on May 30, 2010

Carl Radle
June 18, 1942 – May 30, 1980

Carl Radle played bass alongside some of the most influential performers in rock history. During the ’60s and ’70s, Radle could be seen and heard playing with Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Delaney & Bonnie, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason, JJ Cale, George Harrison, Leon Russell and most famously, Eric Clapton with whom he worked as part of Derek And The Dominos. Much more than just a sideman-for-hire playing on an occasional track, Radle was a significant contributor to Cocker’s Mad Dogs And Englishmen and Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh. In fact, there are probably three seminal rock concert films from the era, Mad Dogs And Englishmen Tour, The Concert For Bangladesh, and the Band’s The Last Waltz. Radle appeared in all three. Radle is also credited for bringing Clapton back into the studio and out touring after a three year hiatus which thankfully ended in 1974. He is often cited as being a “musician’s musician” and regularly appears near the top of “greatest bassists of all times” lists. And with all this talent came the trappings. Carl Radle died of a kidney failure brought on by alcohol and narcotics abuse. He was 37.


One Response to “Died On This Date (May 30, 1980) Carl Radle / Played Bass For Eric Clapton”

  1. Helen Sywyj said

    Keep on resting in peace, dear Carl. I was listening to Derek and the Dominoes “Layla” album today while thinking of you. Hope you are jamming with Duane Allman today, I miss you and your music.

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