DICK SIMS –KEYBOARDIST ON ERIC CLAPTON CLASSICS PASSES AWAY

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Dick Sims, a keyboardist who played in Eric Clapton’s band for almost a ten years died aged 60 on 8 December after battling cancer. He was 60.

Dick Sims, was from Tulsa, Oklahoma and formed the Tulsa County Band with drummer Jamie Oldaker and bassist Carl Radle. Together, they helped to develop the country-rock style that became known as the ‘Tulsa sound.’ Sims was introduced to Eric Clapton through Carl Radle and the trio first backed the guitarist on his 1974 album 461 Ocean Boulevard. Although it was a collaborative effort, Sims told Tulsa People in 2010, “well you know they weren’t going to name it ‘Eric Clapton and Tulsa County,’ because Eric was already a solo act.” The band stayed on as Clapton’s backing band for nine years, recording on several albums, including the classic ‘Slowhand’. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones is recalled as saying that the band was one of the tightest and funkiest units ever.

Sims, also played on Bob Seger’s album ‘Back in ’72 with Oldaker and went on to play his customized Hammond B-3 organ with many other acts, including J.J. Cale, Peter Tosh and Vince Gill. In 2008, after a 10-year hiatus from music, he released his only solo album, Within Arm’s Reach. Eric Clapton dedicated his December 10th show in Tokyo to his late friend.

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