Eric Clapton Records The Legendary "Unplugged" Album 1/16/92

On January 16, 1992 Eric Clapton and his band set up shop in Bray Film Studios near Berkshire, England. The intimate venue and stripped down back line were chosen for an episode of MTV's "Unplugged" Series. The setlist was full of stellar tunes from Clapton's own catalog as well as his arrangements of Blues standards. These reworked classics included "Layla", Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me", Muddy Waters' "Rollin' and Tumblin'", 14 Tracks in all, clocking in just over an hour. The set also featured a new version of "Tears in Heaven" which had been released a year earlier on the soundtrack to the film "Rush". The heart-wrenching track was written about the death of Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor. Eventually, this version would become his best-selling single in the United States and reach #2 on Billboard.

The album was hailed by critics and fans alike. It would go on to top the album charts in US, Japan and Australia, reached number two in the UK all while reaching multi-Platinum status (over one million copies) in sales. The legacy of this release would continue at the following year's Grammy Awards where Eric Clapton "Unplugged" would win 6 of the 9 awards it was nominated for.

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