I’m Taking My Guitar and Going Home

I’m Taking My Guitar and Going Home

55 years ago today (October 4th, 1963), Eric Clapton was asked to join The Yardbirds, replacing guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham.The Yardbirds.  Two years later he left the band on the same day the Yardbirds single “For Your Love” was released. Although he played on it, Eric Clapton left the band on the that day because he felt it was a move away from rhythm and blues and into pop. The song’s writer, a Clapton fan, doesn’t quite see it that way. It peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-three in Britain. Future 10cc bassist Graham Gouldman, who wrote the song for his own band at the time, The Mockingbirds, feels Clapton was kind of hard on him…and his song:

“Funny thing was, I’d been a fan of The Yardbirds when Eric Clapton was playing. Of course, he left right after that. I don’t think it was actually due to it totally, but it was like the last straw, really. In fact, I saw him a few years later and he brought it up and he was really sort of like having a go at me, you know, as if like – I was just doing my job, you know. Sorry. But I think he was a bit bitter about that because they were such a good rhythm and blues band and, obviously, they’d changed. But it didn’t seem to me like a pop song, ‘For Your Love,’ at all. It was a different type of song.”

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