On Elvis And Eric Clapton
We Rented the theatre basically every night of the week to watch movies. And one night Jerry Schilling, a really neat guy who worked with Elvis for years, brought over Eric Clapton, who was in town doing a concert. When Clapton came into the theatre, Elvis got up and shook his hand. Clapton said, "I'm Eric Clapton." And Elvis said, "What do you do". Clapton replied, "I'm a musician, what do you play ? I honestly think Elvis didn't know. Elvis simply was not plugged into current american music. He never, ever listened to the radio. "Guitar" Clapton answered. Well elvis said back, if you would like some lessons, my guitarist James Burton could give you some. Now, my brother Rick and I are looking for a rock to hide under. oh Elvis, your not offering Guitar lessons to Eric Clapton. But Clapton was pure class, not a bit offended. I'd give anything to sit in on a session with Elvis Presley and play guitar with James Burton.
Clapton and Elvis and Burton never did have that sessions. It was Elvis' loss. He just didn't know who Clapton was. And thats a shame because if he'd heard him play, he would've loved him.
That is from David Stanley, and his book elvis the enyclopedia.
I know many dislike him but the book has great stories in it like the above.
Isn't it ashame Elvis didn't even know who Clapton was, I mean, didn't in the early days elvis keep tuned into what people were listening to and stuff.
Re: On Elvis And Eric Clapton
Love Eric Clapton too.Great story this.Why are there no pictures of Elvis with Clapton,Zeppelin,Elton John etc.Would have loved to hear Elvis sing Further on up the Road,Badge or Crossroads.All amazing classics and why didn't Elvis go to Claptons Memphis show? he would have loved it.