Eric Clapton's incendiary six-string exploits with the Yardbirds, followed by a pair of mind-blowing 1966 albums—Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton and Fresh Cream—briefly put the passionate young Clapton atop the U.K.’s, if not the world’s, guitar hierarchy.
The clip, which looks like extra footage from an event called Supershow, also known as "the Last Great Jam of the Sixties," shows Clapton, playing a Gibson Firebird, and Guy, playing a Strat, going head to head, copying each other's licks for a few fun seconds—until things devolve into a pentatonic free-for-all.
Here we have two musical titans teaming up for a moving rendition of a Pink Floyd standard. It’s Roger Waters with Eric Clapton performing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” The clip was originally broadcasted during an NBC fundraising program to benefit those effected by the December 26, 2004 tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean region.
A lot of anniversaries have been celebrated this month, but I wanted to make sure we didn't forget to mention the ARMS Charity Concerts, a series of talent-heavy events that raised large wads of cash for multiple sclerosis research. The first show took place September 20, 1983.
To put it bluntly, even though it appears on a groundbreaking, legendary guitar album—Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton—"What'd I Say" is not a "standout track" by any means. It just sort of sits there, and its lengthy drum solo (played by Hughie Flint) isn't exactly "Moby Dick." Who knows, maybe it was a crowd favorite at the Bluesbreakers' live shows.
Since the guitar's inception, there have undoubtedly been talented players that could make the instrument sing, but it wasn't until the mid '60s and the arrival of the wah pedal that one could make it cry.
Did you know "the electronic guitar is often dismissed as nothing but a jangling noise machine incapable of subtlety or delicacy"? Neither did I—until I saw this video of Eric Clapton sitting on stage prior to a Cream show. Of course, Clapton doesn't utter these awesomely corny words. That job is left to the square-sounding narrator of the classic clip, who introduces Clapton's "How to Use a Gibson SG to Get the Classic Clapton Tone" lesson.
There can be no denying that pianist/guitarist Bobby Whitlock has made an immeasurable impact on rock history. Whitlock is a co-founder—along with Eric Clapton—of Derek and the Dominos, whose 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, is a bona-fide masterpiece. He's also appeared on several other seminal albums, including George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass (1970).
This week in 1969—September 13, 1969, to be exact—John Lennon performed at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Canada, with a hastily assembled backing band. The band, which performed under the "Plastic Ono Band" moniker, included Eric Clapton on lead guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass and future Yes member Alan White on drums. Oh, yes; Yoko Ono was there too ...