Rock Chronology #175: After Midnight

“After Midnight”, Eric Clapton, 1970.

Eric Clapton actually released a solo album just three months before releasing his double album with Derek and the Dominoes! Clearly, 1970 was an incredibly productive year for Clapton.

“After Midnight” was the only single Clapton released from his self-titled solo album. This song was actually written by J.J. Cale. Cale was totally an unknown at the time, and he slowly gained some notoriety mostly because other big names kept getting hits from covering his songs. In fact Clapton later did a cover of “Cocaine” which was also a much bigger hit for him than for Cale.

This version of “After Midnight” peaked at #18 on the US singles chart. In 1987 Clapton recorded a different version of the song for a Michelob beer commercial. If you want to check out that version, you can listen to it here.

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