Motherless Children: ERIC CLAPTON


461 Ocean Boulevard entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 26 August 1974 and peaked at #2.

Traditional (arranged by Eric Clapton, Carl Radle)

Tom Down

BONUS CLIP BELOW – original 1927 recording of Motherless Children by Blind Willie Johnson

Wikipedia – 461 Ocean Boulevard:
461 Ocean Boulevard is the second studio album by English musician Eric Clapton. The album was Clapton’s return to the recording studio after a three-year hiatus due to his heroin addiction. The title refers to the address on Ocean Boulevard in Golden Beach, Florida, where Clapton lived while recording the album.
The album opens with a cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s Motherless Children.
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Wikipedia – Motherless Children:
Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time, also known as Motherless Children, is a gospel blues song recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1927. It is a solo performance, with Johnson singing and playing an acoustic slide guitar.
The record was incorrectly titled “Mother’s Children” Have a Hard Time, as Blind Willie was actually singing about “Motherless Children”, the children of a deceased mother.
“Motherless children have a hard time when their mother’s dead.
See them wander from door to door, Lord, they don’t got no place to go.”

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This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 70s

See also: I Shot the Sherrif from the same album

Original recording of the song in 1927 by Blind Willie Johnson.

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