E.C. Listening: Eric Clapton's 50 Greatest Guitar Moments
GW celebrates the 50 greatest guitar moments of Eric Clapton's five-decade career.
42. "Lay Down Sally"
Eric Clapton—Slowhand (1977)
With its laidback “white-guy funk” groove and infectious chorus, this track was tailor-made for late-Seventies radio and became a major hit for Clapton in 1977.
The interlocking, dual rhythm guitars—performed by Clapton and the song’s co-author, George Terry—establish a shuffling, gently propulsive groove that tugs against the minimal bass and drum patterns.
Country overtones abound, and the tasteful, clean-tone Strat solo is perhaps the closest Clapton’s ever come to anything like chicken pickin’.
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