So, I took a poll of a few friends and family asking a simple question; “What is your favorite Eric Clapton song? Can be from any band he was in or solo work”. You just may be asking yourself “why are you asking this?”. The long answer is there isn’t a whole lot of better things to do with this whole self-isolation thingy. The simple answer is today is Eric’s 75th birthday.
We’ll get to the poll results shortly. For as my faithful readers know, I have a very fluid guitar gods list. I’ve never written this list down (but I probably should), so it tends to change at times. Eric would be entry #3 chronologically. Usually he is at the top spot of the list when I sort it by currently listening to.
His virtuosity is well known. There was the big “Clapton is God” graffiti all over London and the fact that his is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. Not that the Hall of Fame is what it should be.
Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson‘s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Clapton
I will have to list his time with Derek & The Dominoes and Blind Faith as my favorite “band” times. But his solo work stands all on its own. For a very interesting tidbit check out When Clapton, Page, May and Jeff Beck Awkwardly Met the Queen here.
The final tally of votes:
- Wonderful Tonight (5 votes)
- Layla & Tears in Heaven (4 votes each)
- White Room & Cocaine (2 votes each)
- I Shot The Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Bad Love, After Midnight, and Little Wing (just 1 vote each)
I am very surprised that these songs did not received any votes;
- Key To The Highway
- Presence Of The Lord
- Can’t Find My Way home
- Bell Bottom Blues
- Forever Man
- She’s Waiting
I must admit that I just cannot pick one song. It took me a very long time to get the possible down to 15 songs. So, here is a somewhat lesser known song. In her autobiography Patti Boyd says this is about her. And I wouldn’t doubt it one bit.