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Carl Dean Radle was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 18, 1942. Bitten by the music bug early, he had the good fortune to spend his formative years playing and gigging alongside :J. J. Cale and Leon Russell, performers who'd go on to have a profound impact on his career. Russell invited him to California where they played in a number of gigs that led to the their backing Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Radle played with Delaney and Bonnie, and in 1970 he joined Joe Cocker's musical circus better known as Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Through these previous associations, Eric Clapton asked Carl to ,join his new project. He worked on all of Clapton's solo projects from 1970 until 1979 and was in his touring band.Carl Radle was an “in demand” SESSION PLAYER for many blues and rock artists during the 1970's. These artists included Dave Mason, J.J. Cale, George Harrison, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, and his longtime friend Leon Russell. Carl Dean Radle died May 30th 1980 from a kidney infection at the age of 37. In 2006, he was posthumously inducted to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame While his playing was never overtly fancy, Carl knew his role was to put a solid bottom on every song he played. I’ll close the podcast with a selection of two friends from Tulsa having a good time.

I’m She’s Just My Style – Gary Lewis and The Playboys,
Leaving from Colours – Colours,
Piece of My Heart from Home – Delaney and Bonnie,
Let It Be – Mad Dogs and Englishmen,
Got to Get Better from Layla – Derek and The Dominoes,
While My Guitar Gently Weeps from the Concert for Bangladesh– George Harrison,
Behind That Closed Door from All Things Must Pass – George Harrison,
World in Changes from Alone Together – Dave Mason,
I’d Rather Be Blind from Texas Cannonball - Freddie King,
Lost Highway from Hank Wilson’s Back – Leon Russell,
Ambush from Ambush – Mark Benno,
Born Under A Bad Sign from Delta Lady – Rita Coolidge,
After Midnight from Naturally – J. J. Cale,
Wishbone from Willis Alan Ramsey - Willis Alan Ramsey,
If the Shoes Fits from Carney – Leon Russell