“Worried Life Blues” is a song that has become one of the most recorded blues songs of all time. Originally recorded by Major “Big Maceo” Merriweather in 1941, “Worried Life Blues” was an early blues hit and Maceo’s most recognized song. It was inspired by an earlier song Someday Baby by Sleepy John Estes and has been recorded by hundreds of artists, including several who had record chart successes with their interpretations of the song.
This song is performed by B.B. King and Eric Clapton and appears on the album Riding With The King.
Eric Clapton is one of the most well-known blues musicians to ever strum soul-stirring lick on his guitar. With chart-topping, acclaimed hits like “Tears in Heaven,” and “Layla.” Being ranked second on The Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of all time and fourth on Gibson’s list of Top 50 Guitarist.
Eric Clapton first entered the world of global fame as a member of the member of the Yardbirds, a three-maned group of individuals that would all go on to be acknowledged as guitar greats. Prior to this, his matured as a quiet, but smart English young boy gifted in art and music. His skills were so extremely esteemed that he had the ability to participate in the Kingston college of Art. This was brief, however, as Clapton would eventually be expelled using class time for guitar playing instead of as it was planned to be invested working on designs for stained-glass tasks. Maybe it was fate, for throughout this time Clapton had the ability to invest a substantial quantity of time checking out blues.
After being introduced to the blues by African-American soldiers stationed in Europe throughout the second World War, Britain began to develop its own Blues sub-culture. By the early 1960’s what was once an odd subculture had actually reached the mainstream as was controling radio, clubs and influencing would be musicians such as the young Clapton. Not in school, Eric Clapton was able to invest his days working a blue collar gig and invest his nights being in with various small-time Blues acts. This culture that birthed such noteworthy function as The Who and The Rolling Stones likewise released the careers of the Yardbirds.
Eric Clapton “Slowhand”.
Success with the Yardbirds was practically instantaneous. With live efficiencies with the group, Clapton was able to take exactly what would be his identifiable hallmark on the guitar. By slowly bending the strings with such force and period that he could distort the pitch of the note to heightened, sluggish cry. A strategy that frequently led to the breaking of guitar strings that he would replace survive on stage as the audience slowly clapped, from this he earned the moniker “Slowhand.” The group went on to achieve, what would rather perhaps be its greatest Clapton-Era success, the release of “For Your Love.” With success came debate within the group. Clapton a blues purist chosen to part was with the group as they planninged to move in tandem with acts that would comprise the “British Invasion” of globally popular commercial rock and pop acts.
“Clapton is God.”
Upon leaving the Yardbirds, Clapton continued to acquire prestige with a stint with the Bluesbreakers and with an individual fan base that had actually reached such a level that a now popular graffiti artist stretched the Islington Underground with the spray-painted words, “Clapton is God.” Regardless of his growing fame, he would find direct conclusion from the success of acts coming out of the United States, mainly the terrific Jimi Hendrix. Clapton had simply joined the British supergroup, Cream and at a performance, they were joined by none besides Hendrix himself. The experience left an enduring impression on Clapton and shaped Cream’s new instructions as a more jazz-influenced, psychedelic band with improvisation weaved into efficiencies and recordings. It was a success. They would go on to record “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Crossroads,” and “White Room”.
Tears in Heaven
Soon as with many rock bands, especially of the “extracurricular relations” the 1960s and 70s, alcohol and drugs took their toll on the group and Clapton in particular. Although he would continue to write, record and perform he started to fight with dependency and relationship battles. Simultaneously with a landmark solo efficiency on The Beatle’s George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the release of what is extensively considered his greatest work, “Layla,” Clapton was gradually withdrawing from the public limelight.” Clapton would invest the next couple of decades coming in and from the public eye. At times making appearances and low-key trips alongside B.B. King, Tina Turner, The Who, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others and then pulling away to obscurity where he continued to battle addiction and individual tragedy. In the 90’s he experienced among the greatest catastrophes of his life, the unintentional death of his four-year-old boy. While in a New York city home the boy had fallen from the window of a 53 story structure. It sought this dreadful accident that he launched among his most widely known tunes, “Tears in Heaven” on the Rush soundtrack.
Clapton has actually continued to write, record and carry out while maintaining an extremely private individual life. It wasn’t up until recently that it was announced that he has actually been fighting peripheral neuropathy. It is a nerve-damaging disease connected to alcoholism that triggers extreme discomfort throughout the body when such tasks as guitar playing are attempted. In an interview, he discusses his condition along with the potential it has to end his music profession.
The numerous catastrophes that Eric Clapton has actually had to sustain together with focus he has placed on combating addiction, might have allowed a bit more focus on be drawn to other acts that remained in the public eye throughout their career. However, few artists have achieved the level of expert success that he has. The winner of multiple Grammys, BRIT awards, AMAs, Billboard awards. Three-time Hall of Fame conscript. Acknowledgment as one of the best guitar player to ever grace the stage. A number of chart-topping singles as well as gold and platinum albums. Eric Clapton is and will always be one of the greatest Blues musicians of all time.