Hello Old Friend, Sign Language, Badge, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Keys To The Highway, Can’t Find My Way Home, Tell The Truth, All Our Past Times, Blues Power, One Night, Layla, Further On Up The Road (with Freddie King)
Taking on the Dylan-penned song. From ’76.
Bonnie Bramlett wrote the song, “Groupie (Superstar)” about a brief dalliance she had with Eric Clapton in ’67-’68. Several performers have recorded the song through the years, the most popular version being The Carpenter’s take on the song. They released it in ’71 and it became a big hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here’s the Carpenter’s version:
And for good measure, here’s the Farley/Spade version from Tommy Boy, one of my wife and father’s favorite movies.
Here’s a bit of a historic clip. Apparently Jimi was contractually obligated to play “Hey Joe”, Jimi started in on it, thought it “jive” and then led the band through Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” in homage, as the Clapton-Baker-Bruce ensemble had just called it quits.
Here’s an amazing show that captures Eric Clapton joining the blue eyed soul of Delaney Bramlett, his wife and what would become the core of the Dominoes (Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, etc.). This is great stuff, folks.
“Slowhand” was caught going rather quickly. It seems E.C. was racing his Porsche 911 through the streets of Merceuil, France at the rate of 134 mph. The guitarist had little time to sing the blues, as he was released promptly after paying a $515 fine (750 Euro).
From Hyde Park, 1969.
From the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977. Nice, sentimental song.
2. Got To Get Better In A Little While
3. Key To The Highway
4. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
5. Blues Power
6. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
7. Battle Of Red Wine
8. Let It Rain
Eric Clapton: Vocals, Electric Guitar
Duane Allman: Slide and Electric Guitar
Bobby Whitlock: Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Radle: Bass
Jim Gordon: Drums
Bobby Whitlock on 12/1/70:
“We didn’t have little bits of anything. There were no grams around, let’s just put it like that. Tom (Dowd, recording engineer on Derek and The Dominoes album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs) couldn’t believe it, the way we had these big bags laying out everywhere. I’m almost ashamed to tell it, but it’s the truth. It was scary, what we were doing, but we were just young and dumb and didn’t know. Cocaine and heroin, that’s all and Johnny Walker.“
Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd threw a party at their home in Surrey to celebrate their recent nuptials. An impromptu jam session broke out with their guests: Mick Jagger, Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr, Jack Bruce, Bill Wyman, George Harrison and Ginger Baker. The hastily assembled supergroup ran through several Eddie Cochran and Little Richard songs. In Clapton’s autobiography he recalls that when the party was over, he and Patti went to retire, only to find Mick and Jerry Hall were already in their bed.
The invitations read:
Me and the Mrs. got married the other day, but that was in America, so we’ve decided to have a bash in my garden on Saturday May 19th about 3.00 p.m. for all out mates here at home, if you are free, try and and make it, it’s bound to be a laugh …..see you then…..
Eric and Pattie Clapton
Here’s two old friends playing Sly Stone’s classic hit from the late 60′s. From 2/22/09.
Eric Patrick Clapton was born on this date in 1945. “Slowhand” has most recently played with the Allman Brothers, celebrating their 40th anniversary at the Beacon, reconnected with two old friends, Steve Winwood and Jeff Beck and is recording an album with Robbie Robertson. I thought I read in his 2007 biography that he was expecting to slow down. Guess not.
Here’s Clapton and Buddy Guy performing “Sweet Home Chicago”:
Eric Clapton married longtime girlfriend and George Harrison’s former wife, Pattie Boyd. Pattie was Clapton’s muse and inspiration for Derek & The Dominoes song “Layla” and much of the band’s excellent 1970 release, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. “Layla” was named for the 7th century Arabian poem, Layla and Majnun, which chronicled a princess (Layla) who was married off by her father to someone other than the one who was desperately in love with her, resulting in Majnun’s madness.
Here’s Clapton performing “Layla” with the Allman Brothers on 3/19/09 at The Beacon Theatre:
01 Tell The Truth 6:33
02 Got To Get Better In A Little While 8:51
03 Old Love 11:06
04 Motherless Children 5:15
05 When You Got A Good Friend 4:29
06 Key To The Highway 3:47
07 Outside Woman Blues 3:10
08 Nobody Knows When You’re Down And Out 3:51
09 Running On Faith 6:03
01 After Midnight 5:10
02 Little Queen Of Spades 18:24
03 Anyday 6:19
04 Wonderful Tonight 4:26
05 Layla 7:03
06 Cocaine 12:36
07 Crossroads 6:49
Some additional information has been released recording the highly anticipated DVD of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood’s 2008 performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden will be a two-DVD set packaged with photo cards by Danny Clinch and an official 2008 Tour Program. The first DVD will feature highlights from the run, including classics like “Had To Cry Today,” “Them Changes,” “Forever Man,” “Presence Of The Lord,” “After Midnight,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Little Wing,” “Voodoo Chile,” “Can’t Find My Way Home” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” Disc two features the documentaries The Road To Madison Square Garden (a mix of interviews and archival footage from Cream, Traffic, and Blind Faith) and Rambling On My Mind (the final show preparations and soundcheck), as well as bonus versions of “Lowdown,” “Kind Hearted Woman” and “Crossroads.”
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood will team of for a late spring and early summer arena tour. The former Blind Faith bandmates reunited last February for a three-show run at New York’s Madison Square Garden that mixed material from throughout the musicians’ careers. Clapton and Winwood were also featured on the cover of Relix last winter.
As of press time, Clapton and Winwood will kick off their tour at East Rutherford, NJ’s Izod Center on June 10. From there the tour will make stops in Philadelphia (6/12), Washington (6/13),Columbus, OH (6/15), Chicago (6/17), St. Paul, MN (6/18), Omaha, NE (6/20), Denver (6/21), Dallas (6/23), Houston (6/24),Glendale, AZ (6/26), Las Vegas (6/27), Oakland, CA (6/29) and Los Angeles (6/30). A DVD of the paired performers’ Madison Square Garden shows is also in the works. Clapton also kicked off his winter tour last night in Osaka, Japan.
Eric Clapton performed his timeless Unplugged show for MTV. Clapton earned three Grammy Awards for the album: Album of the Year, Best Rock Male Vocal, and Best Rock Song; he earned another three for the record and song “Tears in Heaven”. Here is our favorite performance from the recording, “Old Love”. Check out Chuck Leavell’s improvisational piano work, which he has claimed is one of his favorite moments in his performing career.
2. Further On Up The Road
3. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
5. Can’t Find My Way Home
6. Tell The Truth
7. Stormy Monday
1. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
2. Teach Me To Be Your Woman (Featuring Carlos Santana, Keith Moon & Joe Cocker)
3. Badge (Featuring Carlos Santana, Keith Moon & Joe Cocker)
4. Eyesight To The Blind (Featuring Carlos Santana, Keith Moon & Joe Cocker)
Eric Clapton’s “Rainbow Concert” took place at the Rainbow Theatre in London. The event was organized by Pete Townshend in an attempt to get Clapton out of his self imposed isolation and two year heroin jag. The concert was a virtual who’s who amongst English rockers of the day, as it featured: Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, Ron Wood, Jim Capaldi, Rick Grech, etc.
Two former Yardbirds are set to share the stage: Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have announced they’ll play two shows together at Saitama, Japan’s Super Arena, on February 21st and 22nd. The duo have performed together at album sessions, benefits and festivals in years past, but these concerts mark the first time the pair have ever shared the bill for major arena shows. How mighty are these two axmen? Clapton ranked Number Four on our list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and Beck came in Number 14. If by some chance you’ll find yourself in Japan for this epic exhibition of guitar gods (or you just happen to live in Japan), take note that tickets for these concerts go on sale January 17th. (more…)
Rolling Stone has posted a classic feature from 1969 that focuses on the recently deceased Delaney Bramlett and his then wife, Bonnie.
Bonnie Bramlett is the female part of a new recording act, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, and the wife of the Delaney part. She, like her husband, is from rural America and when she speaks, it is in an accent that used to be called hillbilly, but now it’s called soulful (as in soul-full).
Bonnie is a Scorpio, a Strong One and unlike most Scorpios, she likes to tell stories on herself, stories that make her seem somewhat the brunt of her own joke. One of these stories has to do with one of her first public appearances as a vocalist, five years old and singing “Beautiful Golden Harbor” at the family church in Granite City, Illinois (pop. 6,900 when she left), a steel town; she says her daddy worked in one of the mills from the day he was 15 years old. (more…)
Sadly, Delaney Bramlett passed on Saturday after complications from gall bladder surgery. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Delaney was chiefly known for his partnership with his former wife, Bonnie Bramlett as Delaney And Bonnie. Opening for Clapton/Winwood supergroup, Blind Faith in 1969, Bramlett formed a unique mentorship with a “disenchanted with being a rock star” Eric Clapton, ultimately touring with Clapton in ’69-’70. Penning the early classic Clapton recording, “Let It Rain”, Bramlett’s folksy approach to writing and recording reflected his Mississippi upbringing. Here he is with Bonnie, Dave Mason of Traffic and Eric Clapton, performing “Poor Elijah” from 1969:
A trio of ex-Yardbirds gunslingers featured here. Of course this is a Zeppelin song, but this performance is post-Zep in late ’83. No vocals, just heavy, blistering guitar work. In reading Clapton’s autobiography, I was struck by Clapton’s disdain for Zeppelin. He has always been quite critical of their obvious swiping of old blues musicians, but he still seems rather appalled by the English quartet’s massive success. Of course Clapton also recognized and noted that he had mistakenly plagiarized a section in the builiding guitar crescendo on his song “Let It Grow”. It is obvious in listening to it, he did. Whatever the case, all three of the men here are massively talented and incredibly virtuousic guitarists.