Jim Gordon – Derek and the Dominos drummer, Layla co-writer, and convicted murderer – dies at 77

Jim Gordon, pictured recording at Command Studios
(Image credit: Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns)

Jim Gordon, a legendary rock drummer who played in Derek and the Dominos, and co-wrote their legendary song, Layla, has died at the age of 77.

His death was confirmed by publicist Bob Merlis, who reported that the drummer died of natural causes. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.