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By DANIEL KREPS
Eric Clapton kicked off his Crossroads Guitar Festival at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on September 19, 2019 and joined Peter Frampton for a rendition of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Slowhand played lead guitar on the original Beatles recording featured on the White Album and was one of the only guest musicians to ever play with The Beatles.
The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival was a one-day, twelve-hour music festival held in Toronto, on September 13, 1969, and it featured a number of popular musical acts from the 1950s and 1960s. Acts who were announced on the bill to appear included the likes of Bo Diddley, Little Richard and The Doors but The Plastic Ono Band’s show-stealing appearance would be one that was kept under wraps until the day of the performance.
Released September 10, 1973.
Townshend assembled an ad-hoc band to back Clapton for the two shows. Ronnie Wood of Faces (and later of the Rolling Stones) provided support on guitar and vocals, as did Townshend, with Clapton playing lead guitar and (mostly) singing lead.Two recent associates of Clapton also came to his aid for the Rainbow Concert: singer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood and bassist Ric Grech had only recently concluded their time as band mates with Clapton in Blind Faith. And Winwood brought along some of his Traffic band mates, drummer-vocalist Jim Capaldi and Ghanian percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah (the latter is credited on the original Rainbow Concert LP simply as “Rebop”.)
Slowhand had been mostly absent from the scene for a couple years. Heroine and a pining for Patti Boyd Harrison had him in a bad place. His buddy, Pete Townshend pushed Clapton to return to music and organized a couple of concerts at London’s famed Rainbow Theatre.
What a show.
Billy Preston ~
b. September 2, 1946 …
Dr. John is stranded in London in 1970 and is homesick for his hometown of New Orleans. Eric Clapton and Mick Jaggar help out on the album along with The Memphis Horns and drummer Jim Gordon. It’s released on August 31, 1971.
50 years ago ~ August 26, 1970 ~ After an all-night jam, The Allman Brothers’ Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can attend the recording sessions for his new group, Derek and the Dominos. Clapton agrees, only on the condition that Allman also play on the sessions. Things happening for a reason. We were blessed.
The first and only album from the first-ever is released on August 16, 1969. Buzzworthy not only because of Clapton, Winwood, Grech and Baker but also because of the album cover.
Bob Seidemann, who has photographed the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, is hired to take the cover shot. The band is not yet named and won’t be appearing on the cover, so it has to be abstract. The visual he settles on is that of a young girl holding a spaceship. And oh yeah, she should be naked, a symbol of innocence and Eve in the Garden.
On the tube in London, he spots a 14-year-old girl who has the look he is going for. She won’t do it, but her 11-year-old sister will (with consent of her parents). The girl is Mariora Goschen, who is paid £40 for the session but requests a horse.
The album is first released in the United States, but with an alternate cover showing a picture of the band. In the UK, the Seidemann photo is used, covered with a wrapper displaying the name of the band to obscure the nudity. When the wrapper is removed, the raw photo is revealed.
Seidemann calls the photo “Blind Faith,” and Clapton decides that should be the name of the band. When the record company pushes for a more sensible cover, Clapton pushes back and gets his way.
The band breaks up almost as soon as the album is released, and plays only one show in the UK. It hits #1 there in September and stays at the top for two weeks before it is jettisoned by Abbey Road. Mariora Goschen becomes a massage therapist and an expert on breath work, claiming to develop a respiratory routine that “almost guarantees happiness.”
She never gets her horse.