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Gordon Band Jim Gordon's musical life started years before he was born. His father's family was all musicians.

This is the Gordon family band in the 1930's, at their nightly radio braodcast on KFBB. Left-to right: Nellie Gordon, James Austin Gordon, Jack Gordon, James Franklin Gordon, Ruth Gordon, Claude Gordon, Ivan Jones (announcer). Jim Gordon's father is James Franklin Gordon.

Claude Gordon Claude Gordon (above) became a renowned trumpet player and educator. He wrote several books about brass playing. Whenever you see "I Love Lucy" on TV, that's Claude Gordon playing trumpet.

Jim Gordon started playing the piano at 2, studied piano formally at 5.  Started playing clarinet at 11, and started working as a professional musician at 14, and played professionally all thru high school. During these years he was active in electronics, had an amateur radio license, and built a number of electronic devices for music.
Studied arranging and composition with Bob Soder, graduated from high school in 1955. Moved to L.A., got a scholarship to the L.A. Conservatory of Music, and recorded a jazz piano album for Delcro Records, "Garden Party". Studied clarinet, saxophone and flute with William Green. Studied composition and arranging with Marty Paich and Paul Weirick.

Tailspin In 1958 Gordon started doing record dates and playing with local L.A. night club bands.

Picture is from the Tailspin Club in Hollywood in 1960, with Don Schraier's band.

Drum In 1967 recorded an album of experimental pop music for Cream Records, "Jim Gordon Plays Heavy", using tiny electro-acoustic drums. Jack Diamond at KFJC-FM (Northern California) sometimes plays tracks from it.

The picture is the bottom view of the bass drum, about eight inches wide.

In 1970 was on a concert tour/train trip/party with Delaney & Bonnie, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Deal, Buddy Guy and others. Check out the Festival Express movie.

Strings Did lots of sessions playing, arranging, conducting and producing in the '60s and '70s, a "studio musician". Recorded with early Moog synthesizers, and even with a "poor man's Moog" (a Heathkit oscillator, a telegraph key, and a Fender amplifier).

During the 70's and 80's worked as an engineer for Stereo Masters (studio) and as a producer for Warner Brothers.

Picture is from a recording session in the '70s.

Synth In 1975 Gordon designed and built an experimental percussion synthesizer (pictured). It not only created percussion sounds, but also measured timing of musical events. Accuracy was to one microsecond.

The synthesizer was demonstrated at the 1977 Southern Calfornia Computer Society Computer Music Symposium. John Chowning and Leland Smith from Stanford also spoke.

On the front page of the May 8th 1977 L.A. Times Calendar section, writer David Barry wrote an article about Gordon and the synthesizer.

During this time Gordon was involved with the Harry Partch ensemble at UCLA, and also spent time with microtonal expert and enthusiast Ivor Darreg.

Badge 1976: In the Last Waltz Movie with The Band, playing saxophone, clarinet and flute in the horn section.

Picture is the backstage pass from the Last Waltz movie.

Spector Post card from Phil Spector after recording the "Rock 'n' Roll" album with John Lennon.

Here's a partial list of people that Gordon has recorded with: Andrew Sisters, Johnny Appolo, The Band, Elvin Bishop, Pat Boone, Will Brady, Bonnie Bramlett, Delanie Bramlett, Jackson Browne, Clora Bryant, Sam Butera, Glen Campbell, Kim Carnes, The Champs, Ray Charles, Frances Coche', Sam Cooke, Andre Crouch, Rick Danko, Bobby Darin, Jesse Ed Davis, Jerry Fuller, Leslie Gore, Dobie Gray, Cal Green, Arlo Guthrie, John Hammond, Jimmy Haskell, Jimmy Holiday, Waylon Jennings, Dr. John, Clydie King, Freddie King, John Lennon, Jimmy Lewis, Joe Maini, Joni Mitchell, Maria Muldaur, Ricky Nelson, Wayne Newton, Harry Nilson, Billy Preston, Bonnie Rait, Linda Rondstadt, Leon Russel, Soupy Sales, The Seeds, Maxine Sellers, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr, John Stewart, Rod Stewart, Ike Turner, Tina Turner, The Ventures, Jennifer Warnes, Bobbie Womack, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Zip.

Clora In 1980 Gordon left Hollywood, moved to Orange County, CA and became a full-time computer software developer and consultant. In 1990 became active in music again, although with goals different than those of the Hollywood years. Built a studio and began producing his own music.

Picture is in studio with Clora Bryant.