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Clapton Calls it "Stormy Monday" in 1970

I know -- all you really want are links to bootlegged recordings, right? So here's another with tenuous local ties: Derek And The Dominos recorded live in Cincinnati on November 26, 1970.

Sure, Eric Clapton has recorded at the very same famous Dallas address, 508 Park Avenue, where Robert Johnson laid down "Hellhound on My Trail" and "Traveling Riverside Blues," among many other immortals 70 years ago this very summer. And, yes, he has often performed Oak Cliff legend Aaron "T-Bone" Walker's standard "Call it Stormy Monday," a live-in-1977 recording of which is even available on the 1996 boxed set Crossroads 2. But this version, performed during a set at which not a note of Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs was heard, is better -- rougher, given the audience-recording quality, but better. --Robert Wilonsky

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Robert Wilonsky
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