Fans Are Missing On The Most Underrated Eric Clapton Song
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Eric Clapton, famously known as “Slowhand,” is undeniably one of the most influential and talented guitarists in the history of rock music. With a remarkable career spanning decades, Clapton has left an indelible mark on the music world through his work with bands like Cream, the Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominoes, and his successful solo endeavors. Despite a plethora of iconic songs under his belt, there’s one gem that has often flown under the radar – “Badge.”
The Hidden Collaboration with George Harrison
Among the multitude of Eric Clapton’s masterpieces, “Badge” stands out as a relatively underrated song. Co-written with the legendary George Harrison, the song was released by Cream in 1969 and has remained a hidden treasure within Clapton’s extensive discography.
Clapton and Harrison’s friendship and musical camaraderie led to the creation of “Badge” and another iconic collaboration, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” While Harrison opted not to take formal songwriting credit for “Badge,” he significantly contributed to its creation, even participating in the recording process alongside Cream.
Unraveling the Curious Name
Contrary to its enigmatic title, “Badge” has nothing to do with law enforcement. The song’s peculiar name has an interesting backstory – Clapton supposedly misread the word “bridge” as “Badge” while reading the sheet music, referring to a musical term for a passage between song parts.
Despite its lesser-known status compared to hits like “Layla” and “Tears in Heaven,” “Badge” has become a beloved track for both Clapton and Cream fans. Its inclusion in Clapton’s concert repertoire for many years showcased the enduring impact of this hidden gem.