Monday, March 30, 2015


The sands in the hourglass keep drifting slowly downward. Actually it seems like the older I get the faster that darned stuff runs through. Today marks the 70th birthdays of a former news director of mine, Jim Willi,* and one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Eric Clapton.

Here's a victorious picture of Jim on a lake near Dallas, Texas where he now lives.

Jim had black hair when I worked for him.

That other guy celebrating 70 today has had a remarkable career. Here is a list of some of the bands he played with.

The Yardbirds
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
Blind Faith
Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
The Plastic Ono Band
Derek and the Dominos

He has played guitar with virtually everybody, from B.B. King to Bob Dylan to the Allman Brothers to John Lennon and George Harrison.

We wish him and Jim happy 70th birthdays with this performance by Clapton of one of his hit songs, Layla.

* Now I don't know where I got that but Jim Willi tells me that he's only 67. And he's continuing his "remarkable career" in broadcasting. Sorry, boss.


  1. Happy 70th Birthday to both of these gentlemen.

  2. Yeah, after a morning getting a nuclear medicine scan of my heart, I can say 'amen' to that.

    The Yardbirds, what a band......Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff of the original 'supergroups'.

  3. Great stuff, except now I want to go all Pete Townshend on my guitar.

  4. I can almost see 70 from here. If I can hold up as well as those 2 gents, I'll be a happy septigenerian. ( Hope I got that right.)

  5. Oh my oh my: three more years to go for the boss before celebrating... this means the sand is slower than expected...

  6. 70 seemed so impossibly old when I was in my 20's. Now it's right around the corner.


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