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Eric Clapton: “After Midnight”

The Hook: The first JJ Cale song Eric ever heard and the first one he recorded.

Album: Eric Clapton

Year: 1970

Writer: JJ Cale

Stats: Peaked at number-18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Eric Clapton is a huge fan of JJ Cale, who passed away just over a month ago. After recording such Cale songs as “After Mignight” and “Cocaine,” the two finally recorded an album together in 2006. Clapton recalls finding out just how mysterious a character Cale — who he calls John — was after being introduced to his music by Delaney Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, who would soon produce Clapton’s self-titled first solo album.

Eric Clapton on being introduced to John “JJ” Cale’s “After Midnight” by Delaney Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie. OC:…his hair. :29

“He gave me this single he had of John’s, ‘After Midnight,’ and eventually we recorded that, with Delaney producing. And I just started to hunger and need to know more. And with John being the kind of guy he was, it was a challenge. I would have to go and hunt down anything I could find out, including, I mean, I ended up getting a publicity photograph, an 8×10, of John, which was like gold dust. And even that was so poorly lit that all you could see was the outline of his hair.”