Eric Clapton turns 76 today. What is your favorite song by him?

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  1. Charles Martel

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    He's getting disparaged by the media today for some comment he made after having some drinks about immigration into the UK.

     
  2. Phall

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    I'm not the biggest fan, but I would say that the correct answer is 'I Feel Free' by Cream.

     
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    average to good guitar player. "Crossroads" live
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    Clapton said this onstage in 1976, when the National Front had briefly become a force to be reckoned with in Britain:

    “I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country,” Clapton declared. “Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch’s our man. I think Enoch’s right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. ******* wogs, man. ******* Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and ******* Jamaicans and ******* … don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want ******* wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us, for ****’s sake?”

    He has since made the obligatory cringing apologies. This article has those if you're interested: https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/eric-clapton-whitesplains-his-racism-he-even-had-a-bla-1822054554
     
  5. Jimmy Chitwood

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    Enoch Powell was punished for being correct. everyone should’ve listened to him, but instead he was made into a pariah and things in the West have gone downhill ever since.
     
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    Ha that is quite the epic rant. Knowing what we know now.. He's pretty much 100% correct.

    Favorite song for me would probably be Layla or Lay Down Sally.
     
  7. Don Wassall

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    In Enoch Powell's famous 1968 "Rivers of Blood" speech he never specifically said "rivers of blood" but did make this allusion: "as I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood'."

    Here's the entire speech: https://anth1001.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/enoch-powell_speech.pdf

    Parts of it can also be found on YouTube, which surprisingly hasn't censored it yet.
     
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    Tears in Heaven. The words of this song are tough for anyone who has lost a loved one, especially through a tragedy.
     
  9. The Hock

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    "Layla." Puts me out driving past the old auction yard toward the railroad tracks on my way to dove hunt on a late summer day every time.
     
  10. Extra Point

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    The song I like the most when he was with Cream is Dance the Night Away.

     
  11. Extra Point

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    The song of his I like the most with Clapton as a solo artist is Let It Grow.

     
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    Layla is a great song and a a lot of what he did with Cream was great. White Room, probably my favorite.

    Regarding the epic rant Don posted above, non-withstanding his apology, has to be the common feeling above all those aging rockers, Jagger, Richards, Townsend, Stewart, etc. Those guys have seen Britain, especially London, going from a cultural powerhouse to a 3rd world country. They have to miss the old country. Who gets old and does not look upon the world of their younger days as better? Especially when it was!
     
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    Eric Clapton says he will refuse to play venues that require the vaxx passport for admittance.

     
  14. white lightning

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    I admire his courage. Don't be suprised if he is sat down and talked to very soon. Even if he is why not? He has lived
    a good life. Tell the truth and people will love and respect you even more. So few people have courage anymore.
     
  15. The Hock

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    LOL. That's a bit more than a dog whistle for sure.
     
  16. Leonardfan

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    well said! I’ve liked anything from Cream and clapton’s solo work I have heard. I always laughed at the claim that Whites stole rock and roll from the blacks. The blues influence of rock and roll is undeniable but at the same time the White rockers brought the genre to levels that would of never been imagined.
     
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    Would have to be White Room, then Sunshine Of Your Love.
     
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    Blues-based guitarists are at best the JV team among rock guitarists. Heavy rock, hard rock and metal draw from many different influences, including classic and swing, as well as blues. The most advanced players seem to be the least blues-based.

    The Anglos, Scots-Irish and Germanics are who blacks learned music from centuries ago in the states.
     
  19. Extra Point

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    DV is correct. The blues came from the British Isles. For example the blues song Greensleeves is from the 1500s.

    The blacks picked it up from British immigrants. The claim that rock music came solely from the blues and that whites "stole" it from the blacks is anti-white propaganda fabricated to elevate the status of blacks and lower the status of white men.
     
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    My favorite Clapton song is this brand new pro-freedom, pro-soul, anti-vax, anti-lockdown song. Good on him for speaking truth to power:

     
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    Great tune! Good on him for taking a public stand like this. Hopefully we'll all have that fire in the belly at that age.
     
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    “LIKE” :beer-toast1:
     

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