Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | March 22, 2014

Tears in Heaven Anniversary

Today is the 22nd anniversary of  the release of “Tears in Heaven” performed by Eric Clapton. Clapton wrote this about the tragic death of his 4-year-old son Conor, who died when he fell out of a 53rd floor window in the apartment where his mother was staying in New York City.

Clapton wrote this with Will Jennings, who has written many famous songs from movies, including “Up Where We Belong” from An Officer And A Gentleman and “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. Jennings wrote the lyrics to many of Steve Winwood’s hits and has also written with B.B. King, Roy Orbison, The Crusaders, Peter Wolf and many others.   The song won three Grammy AwardsSong of the YearRecord of the Year and Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 1993 Grammy Awards. It also won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1992. Eric Clapton is certainly one of the legends of the guitar playing a wide variety of styles throughout his career. 

I recorded “Tears in Heaven” recently to showcase one of  Clapton’s songs that is attainable by intermediate level players. As well as my recording I have listed one of Eric Clapton early guitar performances with the band “Cream”. There might even be a couple of students out there old enough to even remember the release of “Sunshine Of Your Love” by “Cream” but if you were too young, or not even born yet, it’s worthwhile watching his guitar work.

Guitar can be anything from CLASSIC to CREAM. If you want to try some Classic Clapton, let me know next time we catch up.




  1. Thanks Leigh

    I love Clapton.

    Do you know of any social rock bands or singing groups for boomer type age groups?I am interested in joining something..totally amateur and fun. Regards Elena

    >– Original Message — >

  2. HI Leigh.Actually I do remember the release of “Sunshine of your Love” and still think that they were one of great bands of “my time”. The fact that Clapton is still around and performing (and somewhat older than me) is truly amazing, I might look into some of his music next lesson.

    • Hi Ian,
      Thankyou for your email. I suggest next lesson we go through “Sunshine of your love” as you will definitely be able to nail it.
      Thanks again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: