Bobby Whitlock is about to release a new cd titled “Vintage”. Bobby exclusively runs through all the tracks for Your Way To Music.
“Who’s been Sleeping in My Bed” was recorded at my studio in Mississippi, Dead Horse Studio. It is the definitive version of this song. I play all of the guitar work and the keyboards as well. Jim Horn is playing the flute. You can hear my voice bleeding thru my grandmother’s dobro. That is what I used to record with initially. I added the slide and the other electric guitar.
”Save Your Love For Me” was recorded in 1982 with Chris Thompson at his home in London. I am playing the keyboards. He is playing the guitar and singing background with me.
”Southern Gentleman” was recorded in the early eighties in Nashville and has Dee Murray playing bass with Philip Donnelly on guitar. It has the Memphis Horns on it as well. Inadvertently left off of the players list was Tony Newman on drums.
The “Streets of L.A.” was recorded at Jack Tempchin’s house in Hollywood. I am playing everything on this one.
”Island of Love” was recorded at Roger Greenaway’s home just outside of London in 1982. I am playing everything on this as well.
”My Old Pal” is a song that I wrote after passing Eric Clapton on the Hammersmith Bridge Road in London. We had not seen each other in over ten years. We stopped on the side of the road and did a little catching up. I went back to my home in Wargrave and wrote this song. It was recorded at my studio in Mississippi as well. Barry Swain is playing the lead guitar and Brady Blade is on drums and Darryl Johnson is playing bass. Buddy Miller is playing the tenor guitar on it.
”Perfect Strangers” was recorded at the original Westlake Village Recording Studios when they were first up and running. Steve Cropper is playing electric guitar and I am playing the acoustic. Jim Keltner is on drums and Tim Drummond is playing the bass guitar. Of course I played the keyboards as well. CoCo put her vocal and flute on afterwards.
”Don’t Pass Us By” I wrote in Ireland just after my dad passed. I saw a star in the cold clear night sky there that was traveling somewhere far off into the night. I imagined it to be him and was singing to him to “Don’t Pass Us By” without telling us what he had found out thru his crossing over. It was recorded at Dead Horse as well, at the same time as all of the rest of the songs that were recorded there.
”This Time” was recorded in Nashville. I was walking out the door and my ex-wife said to me in a very loud voice, ”You’ll be back! You’ll come crawling back to me next time!“. I told her that “This Time There Won‘t Be No Next Time“, and drove straight to Roger Greenaway‘s office there in Nashville and got him out of a meeting with this fresh picked song idea. He and I wrote it that afternoon and recorded it the next day. Two weeks later Tom Jones recorded it on his “Things That Matter Most“ record. It has Gene Chrisman playing drums with Mike Leech on bass and Bobby Woods is playing piano. All of whom were not credited on the record. It was an oversight on my part.
”You’re Love” is the first song that I wrote when I had first moved to Nashville. I decided to write a song that was nothing but lies about my ex-wife. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful songs that I ever wrote. I finally found my true love and one to whom this song has been dedicated, my CoCo.
”It’s About Time” was written at the beginning of the Gulf War. I did not watch the news for ten years after it started. I have yet to watch the news. I figured the best thing that I could do for this world was to write about it.
”Dorothy and John” is a song that was written about two people that I knew all of my life. He was a farmer and she was the mother of a very large household. They didn’t have indoor plumbing and John built the house himself. He plowed with two mules and Dorothy worked at the local doctor’s office when I was a little boy. They had a house full of girls and one boy. I used to go over and ride horses with their children when I was young. They didn’t have much in the way of material things but they were the richest people that I knew. There was more love between Dorothy and John than I had ever seen in my whole lifetime. They shared a very special love that I would not understand or find until I met CoCo. Theirs was spiritual love. As is ours. I wrote this song and sang it to them when I had finished it. Dorothy asked me as she lay on her death bed to play it at her funeral. I said that I would do that for her. She passed a few moments later. John couldn’t live without her and withdrew into a silent shell of the man that he used to be. He passed with Alzheimer’s shortly after Dorothy left. I can feel their presence as I write this. I always held those two people in a very special place in my heart. I still do. I recorded this song on a clear summer’s night on the porch of my studio that looked out over the valley towards the house where they used to live. You can hear the nightlife as I play my Big Mama’s dobro and sing for Dorothy and John.
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