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Blues Highlights: Eric Clapton Gets Unplugged

Eric Clapton Unplugs

Eric Clapton on January 16, 1992, records the most popular and perhaps the most personal album of his career.  It’s titled “Eric Clapton – Unplugged.  Furthermore, he performs an all acoustic set in Windsor, England, in front of a small audience for MTV.

While the set list contains a number of covers of renowned blues musicians which included Big Bill Broonzy’s “Hey Hey”.  Along with Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues”, Jimmy Cox’s “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”.  And “Before You Accuse Me” by Bo Diddley.

Closing out the set is a remainder of Clapton’s own material. Which includes an altered version of the Derek and the Dominos classic “Layla”, “Old Love”, and the personal “Tears in Heaven”.

Composed For A Soundtrack

Composed for the soundtrack of the 1991 film Rush, “Tears in Heaven” written at a very grievous time in Eric Clapton’s life. After his manager and two roadies die in the helicopter crash that also claims the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shortly after, Clapton’s son tragically also passes as well.  As a means to cope with his heartbreaking loss, Clapton co-wrote “Tears in Heaven” with Will Jennings. Unplugged was released in August of 1992 and would go on to Clapton’s most successful album to date.

The album has been certified Diamond in the United States with over ten million copies shipped (nearly 20 million worldwide). “Unplugged” also earns Clapton six Grammy Awards, three of which (“Record of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, and “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male”) would also go to “Tears in Heaven”.

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