Eric Clapton Addresses John Lennon Thinking He Was A Good Guitarist
Eric Clapton joined The Real Music Observer for an interview during which he recalled an interview of John Lennon explaining the reason why he considered himself a successful guitarist.
Back in 1964, when he was still playing in the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton got to meet the Beatles during a performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon where the Yardbirds were supporting The Beatles for their Christmas Show. This encounter marked the beginning of a close friendship between Clapton and George Harrison.
On September 3, 1968, Harrison invited Clapton to play his guitar on the studio sessions for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’ During the recordings, they were accompanied by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The same year, Clapton also joined John Lennon, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell to form a supergroup named The Dirty Mac.
Only three months after this session, on January 10, 1969, Harrison left the Beatles. Following that, John Lennon suggested inviting Eric Clapton to play with them if Harrison doesn’t return. Later on, it turned out that out of his respect for Harrison, Clapton wouldn’t think about joining them. However, he joined Lennon for his Plastic Ono Band in September 1969 for a performance.
In an interview with Dave Marsh’s The Real Music Observer, Eric Clapton talked about the time when Harrison left the Beatles and Lennon considered recruiting him. Following that, he recalled an interview he heard about John Lennon. According to Clapton, Lennon said in that interview that he was a good guitarist because Clapton said so.
During the conversation, Eric Clapton said about John Lennon the following:
“I heard an interview with John, saying that he thought he was a good guitarist because I had said he was a good guitarist.“
You can watch the full interview below.