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The Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel Page






















I was first introduced to Bobby Whitlock by a runner in Austin, TX

who I met while on the Hippiefest tour in the summer of 2010.

It had come up in conversation that he casually knew Bobby so I had mentioned that I would love to meet him

some time and perhaps have the opportunity to persuade him to come be a guest at one of my

annual Clapton "birthday" shows at BB King's in New York City.
A few months later, I received a phone call from this runner telling me

that he was at Bobby's house and to hold on for a minute.

Next thing I know...I'm talking to Bobby Whitlock.

Amazingly enough, we developed a nice relationship over the next few years and always kept in touch.
At one point, I got together with Gibson/Epiphone guitars and artist Lou Yanez

with an idea to send Bobby a very special 60th birthday present.

Upon receiving the guitar, Bobby had liked the artwork so much that he asked Lou to paint

a very special depiction of "Thorn Tree In The Garden" and entrusted him to do so

on the very dobro that his grandmother had given him years ago.

Look at this amazing instrument...



Bobby and CoCo are two amazing people with genuinely, warm souls...
I kept commenting to Bobby the night of the show about how great I thought his shirt was...
A few weeks later, I get a parcel in the mail...the shirt.
Apparently, it's a Whitlock tradition that goes back to the days of the Dominos.



Anyway...I can tell you one thing. It was a night I will NEVER forget!


For more info on Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel,

please visit their official website at:


And be sure to check out the autobiography Bobby wrote with

world-renowned Clapton biographer Marc Roberty,

including a forward by Eric himself.
Click on the book cover below to find out where to purchase one...






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