A Young Eric Clapton Delivers the Goods for Aretha Franklin in 1967

June 28th, 2016


By Damian Fanelli | Photo: Ivan Keeman/Getty Images

In December 1967, while he was still a member of Cream, 22-year-old British guitar phenom Eric Clapton was brought into a recording studio in the U.S. and asked to add a guitar part to Franklin’s powerful “Good to Me As I Am to You.”

It represents Clapton’s first official American recording session as a “famous guest guitarist” lending his skills—and, to some degree, his name—to someone else’s recording. That’s Clapton’s guitar—we assume it’s a Gibson of some sort—in the left speaker; note that you might have to turn it up a bit for the full effect.

“Good to Me As I Am to You” was released January 1968 on Franklin’s Lady Soul album. Other musicians on the track include Spooner Oldham (organ), Tommy Cogbill (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums). Enjoy!

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  1. Posted by james whisler on March 28th, 2014, 18:49 [Reply]

    Play that Guitar Eric! Awsome.

  2. Posted by Michael on April 2nd, 2015, 19:31 [Reply]

    This, this, is music. Not that manic, 1000-miles per hour guitar pyro technic Van Halen stuff (three videos included on this GA email).

  3. Posted by Roland Maurice on April 16th, 2015, 03:22 [Reply]

    Thanks for great cut I’ve was unfamiliar with! RM


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