Re: Jim Gordon
Cool thread Larry. His isn't a household name. All those songs you mentioned are all very special in their own way. He was a large part of that. I didn't know he did Layla. His drumming was the kind of drumming that let the others excel. That's the goal right there, in my book.
This would be a good place to consolidate everything Jim Gordon. To me he belongs in a class like Benny Benjamin, hugely influential, hardly known. Hal Blaine and Jim Keltner belong too, but they've received some accolades and recognition. I don't know much about him except he suffered from mental issues. All the best musicians of the time used him and that is the highest compliment a drummer can receive IMO.
It's not what you play, as much as how you play it.