Monday, October 12, 2020

After Midnight - Clapton - 50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago J.J. Cale's "After Midnight" hit the charts in a cover by Eric Clapton. It was released by Cale in 1966 to no acclaim. But Clapton's success with the song prompted Cale to re-record the song for 1972's Naturally. It's interesting that this is one of those signature songs with two signatures.

When Eric Clapton was working with Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, a relative muse to Eric, introduced him to the music of Cale. "After Midnight" was the first of several Cale songs covered by Clapton. The performers on the radio version were Clapton on vocals and guitar, Bobby Whitlock on organ and vocals, Jim Gordon on drums, Delaney Bramlett on rhythm guitar, Carl Radle on bass, Leon Russell on piano, Jim Price on trumpet, and Bobby Keys on saxophone. While Clapton was no stranger to the charts, having several hits with the Yardbirds and Cream, this was his first solo triumph.

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