The most interesting thing that Harry said that night was off-mic when he asked how we liked Eric Clapton's playing in the movie. I said, "Excellent as always.” "Good, I'll let George know you thought so," he said with a strange look on his face. "What do you mean," I asked. He told us, "If you saw the movie, it put the spotlight on everyone from Leon Russell to Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, even Ravi Shankar but not Clapton.” According to Harry, “that was because Clapton was so messed up that George had to go in and overdub everything Clapton had played. The only ones that heard Clapton were at the concert."
I knew that Clapton hadn’t made any of the rehearsals except the final soundcheck. That was pretty well publicized. I was blown away. It came out years later that Clapton had problems with drugs, heroin in particular. Of course, he is off drugs now and spends much of his time and money helping others kick drugs through his charitable organizations.
What‘s interesting about “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is that when it was recorded by the Beatles on The White Album, there was a big deal about Clapton playing lead guitar on a Beatles album. The Concert for Bangladesh was to be the first public performance of the song by Eric Clapton. Now we know his work was overdubbed by George Harrison, who wrote it.
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