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December 21, 2022

Goins publishes seventh chapter in ‘Rock Chronicles’

Submitted by School of Music, Theatre, and Dance


Wayne Goins, university distinguished professor of music and director of jazz studies at Kansas State University, published "Bobby Whitlock's Key To The Highway" in the November 2022 issue of PMA, The Power of Music and Audio, a premier online journal that focuses on the human experience and interaction with recorded music and audio. 

In this seventh installment of his 10-part series, titled "Rock Chronicles," Goins unveils the music of Bobby Whitlock as he plays a crucial role of keyboardist/organist on a two of the most legendary rock albums — "Layla" recorded by Derek & The Dominos, and "All Things Must Pass" recorded by George Harrison. After completing the tour with Eric Clapton and the Delaney & Bonnie band, Whitlock emerged as the unsung hero as he effortlessly flowed from one epic album to the next, earning the reputation as the common denominator that contributed to the soaring success of British rock royalty.

Goins sheds light on a series of classic rock albums directly connected in a manner that can essentially be viewed as "six degrees of separation." During process of discovery of these classics, Goins offers expositions on such artists as Eric Clapton, Elton John, George Harrison, Duane Allman, Steve Winwood, Leon Russell, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, Billy Preston and more. Goins reveals the common thread between these specific albums and the sequence of events that led to their individual evolution which collectively formed one of the most influential periods in the history of rock music.

Goins, who serves as a regular contributing writer to the magazine, regularly combines intense music research with in-depth details of his use of mono, stereo and high-end digital equipment for playback of his extensive music collection in 45s, LPs and CD format.

Goins has performed with such greats as legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Clark Terry, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others. He has authored a number of award-winning books and articles. Learn more about Goins.