I’ve posted this on here before, but thought about this video this morning. After the band plays “It’s Too Late”, stick around for some interplay between Cash, Carl Perkins, Clapton and the rest of the ‘noes.
Quick! What do you call a band with a Beatle, Clapton, a member of Traffic, the rhythm section of Derek & The Dominoes, Stax horns with Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett? Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, of course. Taken from 12/1/69.
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.
I was almost this good when I was 13. Really.
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 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.
Hitting the road? Check out this great mix from The Lost Art Of The Mixtape.
Brighter Days – Mofro
Flux – The Jazz Mandolin Project
Che Che Cole – Anitbalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Can’t Wait – The Benders
By My Side – Mofro
Darlene – Led Zeppelin
Magic Fingers – Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Free – Mofro
Willy’s Song – The Benders
Harmonicas Are Shite – Fila Brazillia
I’m A Ram – Al Green
Singles Party – Greyboy
White House Blues – Yonder Mountain String Band
Four Wheel Drive – Béla Fleck
High Cost Of Low Living – Allman Brothers Band
Party Girl – T-Bone Walker
Blackwater – Mofro
Photography – The Benders
Just One Thing – My Morning Jacket
Mean Old World – Duane Allman
Instrumental – Stevie Wonder
Coming In Hot – Peter Tosh
Big Country – Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
re: Stacks – Bon Iver
Sunset Road – Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Circles – Mofro
? – Yonder Mountain String Band
Can’t Find My Way Home – Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
Fearless – Pink Floyd
For Emma – Bon Iver
Come On In My Kitchen – Allman Brothers Band
That’s The Way – Led Zeppelin
Once Upon A Time In The West – Dire Straits
“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 $515 fine (750 Euro).
From Hyde Park, 1969.
Here’s another great mix of nostalgic songs, courtesy of The Lost Art Of The Mixtape.
Meet me In The Morning – Bob Dylan
Hello Old Friends – Eric Clapton
Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Rings – Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon
Wondering Where The Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn
It’s All Right – Traveling Wilburys
Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison
Storms – Railroad Earth
Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby
If I Am A Stranger – Ryan Adams
Albuquerque – Neil Young
Down In A Hole – Alice In Chains
Raindance – Railroad Earth
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
The Old Man & The Land – Railroad Earth
Harder Now That It’s Over – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Cream was joined on-stage by Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix had only been in London for a week, yet was already creating a storm in the local music scene. In double-time, Hendrix tore through a version of “Killing Floor”. His dazzling play and guitar wizardry caused Clapton to exit the stage and ask Hendrix’s manager (Chas Chandler), “is he always this f@$%ing good?”.
From the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977. Nice, sentimental song.
And what talented friends they are! Featured here are Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Steve Cropper, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, etc., etc. Do they look like they’re having fun or what?
Eric Clapton announced that supergroup, Cream would split after they finished their current tour.
Jim Gordon (drummer for Derek and The Dominoes, Delaney & Bonnie, Zappa, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason, etc., composer of the piano outro in “Layla” and the man Clapton called the best drummer he ever worked with) brutally killed his mother with a claw hammer. Gordon had been hearing voices in his head since the mid-70′s, which his doctor attributed to alcoholism and treated him accordingly. Obviously a mis-diagnosis, Gordon continued a tortured existence, which ineveitably led to him bludgeoning his mother. Gordon was sentenced to 16 to life and is serving his sentence at the Atascero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo.
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
Hidden Track has the vids of this historic celebration of the Allman’s 40 year run.