The band Eric Clapton called one of the most powerful

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton had an exciting career that allowed him to work with a variety of well-known bands. The Yardbirds, Cream, and Blind Faith were all huge successes that helped cement Clapton’s place as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He cites one band in particular as the most powerful he has ever played with. And the reasons for this resonated with the guitarist on a more emotional level.

Eric Clapton was born in Ripley and began playing guitar at a young age. He first gained fame as the guitarist for The Yardbirds, a band he was a member of for only two years. Despite enjoying it, he chose to leave because the band’s creative direction did not align with his own. Instead, he joined John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, a band with a much more blues-infused sound that suited his tastes better. He also played an important role in forming the bands Cream and Blind Faith.

All of these bands have a strong sound in how their songs are put together, the emotion with which they are performed, and the heavy-hitting riffs. However, none of them are the group Clapton considers the most consequential.

By 1970, Clapton had become a household name and was widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest guitarists. He had a formula that worked for attracting fans. But he wanted to try something new. It led to the formation of Derek & The Dominos, an English-American Blues band. They wrote and recorded the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which led people to believe they were a brand-new band unrelated to Clapton.

Clapton considers Derek & The Dominos to be one of the most powerful bands he has ever been a part of. This was due in part to the band’s quality and the secrecy with which they performed. “What I loved about that album was nobody knew who we were. We even did a tour of England playing little clubs and there would be nobody there,” he said.

“Because nobody knew who we were, they didn’t come!” he adds. And then there was this quartet, which was one of the most powerful bands I’d ever seen. And I was there!”

Clapton remembers the band fondly because of how he was able to convey messages without exposing himself to the public. His previous success had firmly established him in the public eye. So, his ability to operate under the radar was enormously appealing. “The stuff that was going on,” he explained, “I was a bachelor when I made that album. I was optimistic about becoming involved with Pattie – Pattie Harrison. But we weren’t in a relationship at the time. It was just something I was trying to write on the wall. And so Layla was that – a proclamation. But it was as anonymous as can be, so she was Layla, I was Derek”.

It’s wonderful that Clapton sees the power of music beyond its literal sound. He is a performer who lives off the energy that music can provide and the sound itself, as evidenced by the fact that a tour that no one attended and a song that no one understood means the most to him.

1 comment
  1. Sorry I was not able to see them perform! I’m pretty sure, because of them being unknowns at theater time, there are no film or video of their performance???
    Would love to see if there were!

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