[Slowhand] Bobby Whitlock answers questions on an online music forum (September 2008)

John Walasko jwalasko at telus.net
Wed Sep 17 15:05:50 EDT 2008

Hi Everybody,

Over the past week, Bobby Whitlock and his wife CoCo have been taking
the time to answer questions about Bobby's career and music. The
discussion is in the thread "Who is the girl on the Layla Album" in
the "music corner" forum at www.stevehoffman.tv. It is, in my opinion,
definitely worth to checking out.

Bobby And CoCo's user name on the forum is "happytobealive." The
thread starts off with just CoCo taking part, but Bobby soon joins in
and his posts are signed "BW." Whitlock shares lots memories about his
days with Stax Records (late '60s), Delaney and Bonnie, George
Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album, The Dominos, Duane Allman,
The Rolling Stones, JJ Cale, and his solo career. Like other Whitlock
interviews I've seen or read over the years, his personality comes
through. He is very down-to-earth and without artifice.

The Hoffman forum is geared towards record collectors and record
collecting obsessives. There are question like:

"Bobby, what is your favourite vinyl pressing of Layla - the Polydor
1970 UK matrix #34597987347, or the Atlantic 1972 domestic 1A?"

If you can put up with a bit of that, then there are a lot of
interesting thoughts and opinions about music offered by Whitlock. And
no, he doesn't seem to care about comparisons between Atlantic or
Polydor vinyl pressings.

I'm not sure how long the Whitlocks are going to participate - they
are getting bombarded with questions. And I imagine he is tired of
being asked only about the Layla album after 37 years. If you're
interested, there is a link to the hoffman.tv thread on Whitlock's
myspace page. Or go to:


then click on "music corner" and look for the thread. You might have
to search back three or four pages.

best wishes,
a Vancouver BC record collector (but only bordering on "obsessive")

PS: for those wondering (or wondering why the name sounds familiar),
Steve Hoffman (of stevehoffman.tv) is a mastering engineer who did the
technical work on the Cream audiophile Gold CDs (among many others)
released by the DCC label in the 1990s.

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