It was his intention to show that he need not fill a starring role, and functioned well as a member of an ensemble. They would have three- and four-part harmonies, and the guitar was put back into perspective as being accompaniment. That suited me well, because I had gotten so tired of the virtuosity — or pseudo -virtuosity — thing of long, boring guitar solos just because they were expected. The Band brought things back into perspective. The priority was the song. The band was originally called "Eric Clapton and Friends". The eventual name was a fluke that occurred when the band's provisional name of "Del and the Dynamos" was misread as Derek and the Dominos.
Del and Eric were combined and the final name became "Derek and the Dominos". Clapton's close friendship with George Harrison brought him into contact with Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd , with whom he became deeply infatuated. When she spurned his advances, Clapton's unrequited affections prompted most of the material for the Dominos' album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Heavily blues-influenced, the album features the twin lead guitars of Clapton and Duane Allman, with Allman's slide guitar as a key ingredient of the sound.
The album contained the hit love song " Layla ", inspired by the classical poet of Persian literature , Nizami Ganjavi 's The Story of Layla and Majnun , a copy of which Ian Dallas had given to Clapton. The book moved Clapton profoundly, as it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful, unavailable woman and went crazy because he could not marry her. The Layla LP was actually recorded by a five-piece version of the group, thanks to the unforeseen inclusion of guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.
A few days into the Layla sessions, Dowd — who was also producing the Allmans — invited Clapton to an Allman Brothers outdoor concert in Miami.
The two guitarists met first on stage, then played all night in the studio, and became friends. On 9 September, they recorded Hendrix's " Little Wing " and the title track. The following day, the final track, "It's Too Late", was recorded. Tragedy dogged the group throughout its brief career.
During the sessions, Clapton was devastated by news of the death of Jimi Hendrix; eight days previously the band had cut a cover of "Little Wing" as a tribute. On 17 September , one day before Hendrix's death, Clapton had purchased a left-handed Fender Stratocaster that he had planned to give to Hendrix as a birthday gift. Adding to Clapton's woes, Layla received only lukewarm reviews upon release. Despite Clapton's later admission that the tour took place amid a blizzard of drugs and alcohol, it resulted in the live double album In Concert.
Recording of a second Dominos studio album was underway when a clash of egos took place and Clapton walked out, thus disbanding the group. Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on 29 October Clapton wrote later in his autobiography that he and Allman were inseparable during the Layla sessions in Florida; he talked about Allman as the "musical brother I'd never had but wished I did".
Another tragic footnote to the Dominos story was the fate of drummer Jim Gordon , who was an undiagnosed schizophrenic and years later murdered his mother during a psychotic episode.
Gordon was confined to years-to-life imprisonment, later being moved to a mental institution, where he remains today. Clapton's career successes in the s were in stark contrast with the struggles he coped with in his personal life, which was troubled by romantic longings and drug and alcohol addiction. He nursed a heroin addiction , which resulted in a lengthy career hiatus interrupted only by performing at Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh benefit shows in New York in August ; there, he passed out on stage, was revived, and managed to finish his performance.
His appearance in the film performing "Eyesight to the Blind" is notable as he is clearly wearing a fake beard in some shots, the result of deciding to shave off his real beard after the initial takes in an attempt to force the director to remove his earlier scene from the film and leave the set. In , Clapton started living with Boyd they would not marry until and was no longer using heroin although he gradually began to drink heavily.
With this band Clapton recorded Ocean Boulevard , an album with an emphasis on more compact songs and fewer guitar solos; the cover version of " I Shot the Sheriff " was Clapton's first number one hit and was important in bringing reggae and the music of Bob Marley to a wider audience. The album There's One in Every Crowd continued this trend.
Shelve Twisted Nature. Then Enki, the lord of abundance whose commands are trustworthy, The lord of wisdom, who understands the land, The leader of the gods, Endowed with wisdom, the lord of Eridu Changed the speech in their mouths, [brought] contention into it, Into the speech of man that until then had been one. But the work takes my whole heart and all my energies. Deep in the heart of the Forest of Tears lies the… More. There is no wanton waste in the moral world, any more than in the material. That was his hope, his joy, his rejoicing: that he would be gathered with those he had led to Christ, with Christ, in glory.
The album's original title, The World's Greatest Guitar Player There's One in Every Crowd , was changed before pressing, as it was felt its ironic intention would be misunderstood. The band toured the world and subsequently released the live LP E.
Was Here. Cale cover, " Cocaine ". In he performed as one of a string of notable guests at the farewell performance of The Band, filmed in a Martin Scorsese documentary titled The Last Waltz. Clapton accepted the invitation and teamed up with Jeff Beck to perform a series of duets — reportedly their first ever billed stage collaboration.
Three of the performances were released on the album of the show, and one of the songs appeared in the film. The performances at London's Drury Lane theatre heralded a return to form and prominence for Clapton in the new decade. Many factors had influenced Clapton's comeback, including his "deepening commitment to Christianity", to which he had converted prior to his heroin addiction.
On the flight over, Clapton indulged in a large number of drinks, for fear he would never be able to drink again. Clapton wrote in his autobiography: . In the lowest moments of my life, the only reason I didn't commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn't be able to drink any more if I was dead. It was the only thing I thought was worth living for, and the idea that people were about to try and remove me from alcohol was so terrible that I drank and drank and drank, and they had to practically carry me into the clinic.
After being discharged, it was recommended by doctors of Hazelden that Clapton not partake in any activities that would act as triggers for his alcoholism or stress. A few months after his discharge, Clapton began working on his next album, against doctors' orders. Working with Tom Dowd, he produced what he thought as his "most forced" album to date, Money and Cigarettes. Clapton chose the name of the album "because that's all I saw myself having left" after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism. Since then Waters and Clapton have had a close relationship.
In they performed together for the Tsunami Relief Fund. Clapton, now a regular charity performer, played at the Live Aid concert at John F. As Clapton recovered from his addictions, his album output continued in the s, including two produced with Phil Collins, 's Behind the Sun , which produced the hits "Forever Man" and "She's Waiting", and 's August. August was suffused with Collins's trademark drum and horn sound, and became Clapton's biggest seller in the UK to date, matching his highest chart position, number 3.
Clapton later remade "After Midnight" as a single and a promotional track for the Michelob beer brand, which had also used earlier songs by Collins and Steve Winwood.
Clapton also got together with the Bee Gees for charity. The supergroup called itself the Bunburys , and recorded a charity album with the proceeds going to the Bunbury Cricket Club in Cheshire , which plays exhibition cricket matches to raise money for nonprofit organisations in England. The s brought a series of 32 concerts to the Royal Albert Hall, such as the 24 Nights series of concerts that took place around January through February , and February to March Then, on 20 March , Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, died after falling from the 53rd-floor window of his mother's friend's New York City apartment at East 57th Street.
He contributed guitar and vocals to "Runaway Train", a duet with Elton John on the latter's The One album the following year. Clapton's grief was expressed in the song " Tears in Heaven ", which was co-written by Will Jennings. In Clapton had a relationship with singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. The duo performed a Cream hit single, " White Room ". Clapton released the album Reptile in March Johnson and Sessions for Robert J. Guitarist Doyle Bramhall II worked on the album with Clapton after opening Clapton's tour with his band Smokestack and would join him on his tour.
In , Rolling Stone ranked Clapton No. Clapton's first album of new original material in nearly five years, Back Home , was released on Reprise Records on 30 August. A collaboration with guitarist J. He invited Trucks to join his band for his — world tour.
Bramhall remained, giving Clapton three elite guitarists in his band, allowing him to revisit many Derek and the Dominos songs that he hadn't played in decades. Trucks remained on set afterward and performed with Clapton's band throughout his performances. In Clapton learned more about his father, a Canadian soldier who left the UK after the war.
Although Clapton's grandparents eventually told him the truth about his parentage, he only knew that his father's name was Edward Fryer. This was a source of disquiet for Clapton, as witnessed by his song " My Father's Eyes ". A Montreal journalist named Michael Woloschuk researched Canadian Armed Forces service records and tracked down members of Fryer's family, and finally pieced together the story. Fryer was a musician piano and saxophone and a lifelong drifter who was married several times, had several children, and apparently never knew that he was the father of Eric Clapton.
On 26 February , it was reported that North Korean officials had invited Clapton to play a concert in the communist state. The two former Blind Faith bandmates met again for a series of 14 concerts throughout the United States in June In March , the Allman Brothers Band amongst many notable guests celebrated their 40th year, dedicating their string of concerts to the late Duane Allman on their annual run at the Beacon Theatre.