E.C. Listening: Eric Clapton's 50 Greatest Guitar Moments
GW celebrates the 50 greatest guitar moments of Eric Clapton's five-decade career.
49. "A Certain Girl"
The Yardbirds—For Your Love (1965)
This track has a great New Orleans R&B pedigree, having been written by the legendary Allen Toussaint and originally recorded by Ernie K-Doe, best known for his 1961 hit “Mother in Law.”
The Yardbirds’ somewhat whimsical British Invasion treatment of “A Certain Girl” is probably a prime example of the group’s pop direction that made Clapton so uncomfortable at the time, but he nevertheless claims the track as his own with a bluesy lead guitar intro and a ripping little solo midway through.
His Tele tone here is nothing less than searing.
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