Eric Clapton Addresses The Beatles’ Offer To Him To Replace George Harrison
Eric Clapton recently attended an interview on The Real Music Observer and was asked about when he was offered to replace George Harrison in the Beatles. Clapton answered by stating why he would have rejected the offer if it was officially made.
The guitar genius Eric Clapton is one of the most successful solo artists in the rock and roll music industry. Besides his solo work, he had also experimented with becoming a band member while playing in The Yardbirds and Cream. His influence was, and still is, very significant in the rock and roll world, and continues to inspire many artists.
Without a doubt, one of the most prominent rock and roll bands is the Beatles. Their ten-year venture together formed the base of what good music is and inspired many musicians along the way. Hence, being a Beatle was, and still is, a privilege for the remaining band members. However, no one from outside penetrated their iconic four lineup before, but this doesn’t mean there weren’t attempts.
In 1969, George Harrison briefly left the Beatles, and John Lennon considered hiring Clapton instead. They had performed together before, and Clapton is known for helping George Harrison with the recording of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,‘ and they had established a good friendship. Hence, Clapton thought that if he joined the band replacing Harrison, it would not be good for their relationship.
He talked about this story in his recent interview and stated that he would have always taken Harrison’s side for the sake of their friendship. After the Beatles disbanded, Harrison joined Clapton, Delany & Bonnie, and other musicians from Blind Faith for a tour and ‘had the time of his life.’
Here is how he recalled the story in his recent interview:
“Yeah, I would have thought about it, but my loyalty would have been to George. So, it would have been a passing thought because if there was going to be any kind of disorganization going on there, I would have followed him.
At the time, I can’t remember exactly what I was doing, but there was a period when I was with Delaney and Bonnie, having deserted Blind Faith with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech. I went and joined unofficially Delaney and Bonnie. Then, when we came to England, George joined us, and he had the time of his life.”
You can watch the interview below.