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RunDNA t1_jckh5mf wrote

He played on two songs on Pet Sounds too: he was the drummer on I'm Waiting for the Day and a percussionist on God Only Knows.

Not the first murderer with a Beach Boys connection.


benefit_of_mrkite t1_jckofwv wrote

He played on some incredible albums - mad dogs and Englishmen, Layla and other assorted love songs, played with Zappa, the Byrds, Delaney and Bonnie (and friends), Donovan, Dr John, and so many more.

Incredible career


Dr_Jackson t1_jcu3zv4 wrote

> Not the first murderer with a Beach Boys connection.

lmao I was just thinking the same thing.


jcd1974 t1_jckeyyn wrote

Afflicted with schizophrenia but the judge who sentenced him still found him responsible for the crime. Tragic all round.


DrunkenlySober t1_jclj0le wrote

Well yeah, being schizophrenic does not make you more likely to murder someone. It’s a huge misconception


bjjohnson74 t1_jcl9n8f wrote

Don’t lie to us, Jim Gordon is a police commissioner who helps Batman. Nice try troll /s


Captain_Naps t1_jckky1i wrote

Great side story about how he stole a piano riff from (then girlfriend) Rita Coolidge and used it as the coda in the song Layla.


KoshkaKalashnikov t1_jckdt7g wrote

The podcast Disgraceland has a great episode on him!


illpilgrims t1_jcko6u2 wrote

I always thought that song swung a little odd


Monkeyboogaloo t1_jckua2m wrote

In the mid 90’s I was recruiting and I got a cv from a guy who had been in prison.

He’d been in since 1969. And his experience on his CV was that he’d been a road manager for bands.

I can only imagine he was in for murder because of the length of incarceration.

(I was vetoed from inviting him in for an interview.)

This story reminded me of that.


Flemtality t1_jcl1kdi wrote

Never heard of him yet his discography is unreal. I guess that's the life of a studio/session musician.


bolanrox t1_jckilrs wrote

was he involved with Moby Grape as well?


Lisa_Leubner t1_jclatyc wrote

No, you might be thinking of Skip Spence, who was also 'troubled'


Penultimate-anon t1_jckwpyg wrote

I only know of him because MOD (Method Of Destruction) wrote a song about him on their first album U.S.A. for M.O.D.


citizenjones t1_jcl10rw wrote

M.O.D. the sibling of S.O.D.

Now that's a blast for the past.


RingGiver t1_jclpkxc wrote

I only found out about M.O.D. because of S.O.D.


mackeymcdoogs t1_jcmq3a9 wrote

jim gordon was insane he took his mother's life he used the hammer first so she wouldn't feel the knife


RingGiver t1_jclp7od wrote

Jim Gordon had one bad day.


ExpoLima t1_jcna63j wrote

Stole the 'Layla" piano solo from his GF Rita Coolidge.