By Bobby Whitlock
From early adolescence making a song in church to the rock 'n' roll limelight of Derek and the Dominos, Bobby Whitlock introduced a musical trip nonetheless going to today. Whitlock's lifestyles tale does greater than percentage rock gossip approximately stars like Keith Moon, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton, even though. Whitlock candidly discusses his abusive youth, his stories with Delaney and Bonnie, failed marriages, and drug habit, and the way the star-studded way of life advanced right into a peaceable partnership along with his spouse and musical accomplice.
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He knew that he would only have to do two years service and, more importantly, it would keep him out of the Vietnam draft, as well as getting him out of Mississippi. He thought he would get to see the world but ended up doing half of his time on land at Great Lakes, Illinois, in boot camp. He ﬁnished the rest of his service in Norfolk, Virginia. After his discharge from the navy, he moved to Los Angeles because of the thriving music scene and he knew that that was where the money was. His ﬁrst job only paid him $8 a night serving beer in a country and western joint in the San Fernando Valley.
Unbeknownst to us, martial law had been imposed, and no one could be out on the street after dark. We were on our way to a war zone called home and I can tell you it was real eerie. Eddie had to keep his head down when we pulled into Memphis. It was about 3 in the morning and there were only guys with helmets and guns everywhere. We were stopped and told to get off the streets immediately. I can hardly believe that I was around when such behavior existed with our fellow man and I’m not sure much has changed.
Full and spilling over, so it would seem. I had another friend there by the name of Chuck Stevens. We used to go snake hunting at the big Reelfoot Lake. It was formed in the early 1800s by the New Madrid earthquakes, and the Mississippi River ﬂowed backwards for over 24 hours to ﬁll it. It’s a huge lake. We took a couple of toe-sacks and a snake grabber—it was really his grandmother’s jar-getter. We took what we had out in the lake in a jonboat, which is made to ride up over the cypress knees. That lake’s full of them.