Eric Clapton’s Guest Recording Sessions for Other Musicians

Eric Clapton’s Guest Recording Sessions for Other Musicians

From his earliest days a professional musician, Eric has played on sessions for dozens of artists for their solo projects. His first guest session was in May 1964 for Otis Spann. Eric’s sessioning has gone through periods of lesser activity, but it has never stopped. The most intriguing thing is perhaps the wide variety of musicians and genres he has worked in.

For detailed information on all sessions through 1992 (including the studio used, personnel, guitars, and number of takes), consult Marc Roberty’s excellent book Eric Clapton: The Complete Recording Sessions 1963-1992. Marc’s book was instrumental in presenting Eric’s session work in this section.

This list is in alphabetical order by artist. It includes studio sessions (including known unreleased material) as well as live sessions that were released on LP or CD by another artist.

Ashton Gardner & Dyke I’m Your Spirtual Breadman The Worst of … 1971
John Astley Jane’s Getting Serious Everyone Loves The Pilot 1987
Babyface Change The World, Talk To Me MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 1998
The Band Further On Up The Road The Last Waltz 1978
The Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles 1968
Marc Benno Hotfoot Blues, Chasin’ Rainbows, Me And A Friend Of Mine, New Romance, Last Train, Lost In Austin, Splish Splash, Monterrey Pen, The Drifter, Hey There Senorita Lost In Austin 1979
Chuck Berry Wee Wee Hours, Rock ‘N Roll Music, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N Roll Hail Hail Rock ‘N Roll 1987
Stephen Bishop Save It For A Rainy Day, Sinking In An Ocean Of Tears Careless 1976
Stephen Bishop Little Moon, Sex Kittens Go To College Red Cab To Manhattan 1980
Stephen Bishop Hall Light Bowling in Paris 1989
Leona Boyd Labyrinth Persona 1986
Paul Brady Deep In Your Heart Back To The Centre 1986
Gary Brooker Leave The Candle / Chasing The Chop Single (A & B Side) 1981
Gary Brooker Home Lovin’ Single (A Side) 1981
Gary Brooker Lead Me To The Water, Home Lovin’ Lead Me To The Water 1982
Gary Brooker Echoes In The Night Echoes In The Night 1985
Jack Bruce Willpower, Ships In The Night Willpower 1989
The Bunburys (Bee Gees) Fight (The Good Fight) Bunbury Tails 1992
Jim Capaldi You Are The One, Oh Lord Why Lord Some Came Running 1988
Joe Cocker Worrier Stingray 1976
Joe Cocker I Put A Spell On You Heart and Soul 2004
Phil Collins If Leaving Me Is Easy Face Value 1981
Phil Collins I Wish It Would Rain Down But Seriously 1989
Randy Crawford Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (featuring EC & David Sanborn) 7″ and 12″ Single 1989
The Crickets Rockin’ 50s Rock ‘N Roll, That’ll Be The Day Rockin’ 50s Rock ‘N Roll 1971
The Crickets Someone, Someone The Crickets and their Buddies 2004
Brendan Croker This Kind Of Life Brendan Croker & The Five O’Clock News 1989
Sheryl Crow White Room, Tombstone Blues Central Park 1999
The Crusaders Rural Renewal, Creepin’ Rural Renewal 2003
King Curtis Teasin’ Single (A Side) 1970
Roger Daltrey Unknown One Of The Boys 1977
Rick Danko New Mexico Rick Danko 1978
Jesse Ed Davis Reno Street Incident, Tulsa County, Washita Love Child, Every Night Is Saturday Night, You Belladonna You, Rock And Roll Gypsies, Golden Sun Goddess, Crazy Love Jesse Ed Davis 1971
James Luther Dickinson The Judgement Dixie Fried 1972
Dr. John Black John The Conqueror, Where Ya At Mule, Craney Crow, Pots on Fiyo / Who I Got To Fall On, Zu Zu Mama, Familiar Reality (reprise) Sun Moon & Herbs 1971
Dr. John title ? Hollywood Be Thy Name 1975
Gail Anne Dorsey Wasted Country The Corporate World 1988
Danny Douma I Hate You Night Eyes 1979
Lamont Dozier That Ain’t Me, Hold On Tight (Unissued) Inside Seduction 1991
Champion Jack Dupree Third Degree, Shim-Sham-Shimmy From New Orleans To Chicago 1966
Champion Jack Dupree Calcutta Blues Raw Blues 19??
Bob Dylan If You Gotta Go Go Now   Unissued
Bob Dylan Romance in Durango, Oh Sister (Unissued), Mozambique (Unissued), Hurricane (Unissued), Catfish (Unissued), Money Blues (Unissued), Wiretappin’ (Unissued) Desire 1975
Bob Dylan The Usual, Had A Dream About You, Five And Dimmer, Song With No Name (Unissued), To Fall In Love (Unissued) Hearts of Fire 1987
Bob Dylan Had A Dream About You Baby Down In The Groove 1988
Aretha Franklin Good To Me As I Am To You Lady Soul 1968
Kinky Friedman Kinky, Ol’ Ben Lucas Lasso From El Paso 1976
Sir Bob Geldof Love Like A Rocket Single (A Side) 1986
Sir Bob Geldof Love Like A Rocket, August Was A Heavy Month, The Beat Of The Night, Good Boys In The Wrong Deep In The Heart of Nowhere 1986
Rick Grech Exchange and Mart, Spending All My Days Blind Faith CD 198?
Buddy Guy Early In The Morning Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues 1991
Buddy Guy and Junior Wells A Man Of Many Words, My Baby She Left Me, Come On In This House, Have Mercy Baby, T-Bone Shuffle, A Poor Man’s Plea, Messin’ With The Kid, I Don’t Know, Bad Bad Whiskey Play The Blues 1971
George Harrison Ski-ing Wonderwall Music 1968
George Harrison Wah Wah, Isn’t It A Pity, What Is Life, Run Of The Mill, Beware of Darkness, Awaiting On You All, My Sweet Lord, Out Of The Blue, Plug Me In, I Remember Jeep, Thanks For The Pepperoni All Things Must Pass 1970
George Harrison various tracks The Concert For Bangladesh 1972
George Harrison Love Comes To Everyone George Harrison 1979
George Harrison Cloud Nine, That’s What It Takes, Devil’s Radio, Wreck Of The Hesperus Cloud Nine 1987
George Harrison All Tracks Live In Japan 1992
Corey Hart Jenney Fey First Offence 1984
Jools Holland What Would I Do Without You Big Band Rhythm & Blues 2001
Jools Holland What Would I Do Without You Jools Holland’s Big Band Rhythm & Blues 2001
Jools Holland Message To My Son, Mabel Friends 3 2003
Bruce Hornsby Candy Mountain Run, two other tracks Halcyon Days 2004
Howlin’ Wolf All Tracks The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions 1971
Howlin’ Wolf Going Down Slow, Killing Floor, I Want To Have A Word With You London Revisited 19??
Sir Elton John Runaway Train The One 1992
Johnnie Johnson Creek Mud, Blues #572 Johnnie B Bad 1991
Michael Kamen Sandra Concerto For Saxophone & Orchestra 1990
Jonathon Kelly Don’t You Believe It Single (A Side) 1970
Bobby Keys title ? Bobby Keys 1972
B.B. King Rock Me Baby Deuces Wild 1997
B.B. King The Thrill Is Gone 80 2005
Carole King City Streets, Ain’t That The Way City Streets 1988
Freddie King Sugar Sweet Burglar 1974
Freddie King Sugar Sweet, TV Mama, Gambling Woman Blues, Blues Jam (Unissued) 1934-1976 1977
Alexis Korner Hey Pretty Mama, Hi-Heel Sneakers, Stormy Monday, Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind (Unissued) The Party Album 1980
Corky Laing On My Way Makin’ It On The Street 1977
Ronnie Lane When Lad Has Money, Barcelona, Way Up Yonder See Me 1980
Ronnie Lane & Pete Townshend Rough Mix, Annie, April Fool, Till The Rivers Run Dry Rough Mix 1977
Cyndi Lauper Insecurious A Night To Remember 1989
Ijaham Levi various tracks Haile I Hymn 1978
Ijaham Levi various tracks Are We A Warrior 1978
Jerry Lee Lewis Trouble In Mind The Pilgrim Release Pending
Jackie Lomax Sour Milk Sea / The Eagle Laughs At You Single (A & B Side) 1969
Jackie Lomax New Day Single (A Side) 1969
Jackie Lomax Sour Milk Sea, The Eagle Laughs At You, You’ve Got Me Thinking, New Day Is This What You Want? 1969
Arthur Louis Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door / Plum Single (A & B Side) 1975
Arthur Louis Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door / The Dealer Single (A & B Side) 1978
Arthur Louis Still It Feels Good / Come On And Love Me Single (A & B Side) 1981
Arthur Louis title ? First Album 1975
Arthur Louis Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 1988
John Martyn Couldn’t Love You More Glorious Fool 1981
Bob Marley & The Wailers Slogan Africa Unite: The Singles Collection 2005
John Mayall Prisons On The Road, Accidental Suicide, Home Again, Looking At Tomorrow, Force of Nature, Goodbye December Back To The Roots (revised and released on Archive To Eighties without Goodbye December) 19??
Davinna McCall The Very Last Time, I’m Too Good For You, Sticky Situation   Unissued
Paul McCartney Freedom CD Single 2001
Paul McCartney Freedom Driving Rain 2001
Christine McVie The Challenge Christine McVie 1984
Marcus Miller Silver Rain Silver Rain 2005 (US only track)
Willie Nelson Night Life Live ‘n Kickin 2003
Yoko Ono Don’t Worry Kyoko Fly 1971
with Jimmy Page and various artists title ? Blues Anytime Vol 1, 2, 3, 4 1967
Les Paul Somebody Ease My Troublin’ Mind Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played 2005
Shawn Phillips Man Hole Covered Wagon Contribution 1970
Plastic Ono Band Cold Turkey / Don’t Worry Kyoko Single (A Side) 1969
Plastic Ono Band Cold Turkey, Don’t Worry Kyoko Sometime In New York City date
Plastic Ono Band All tracks Live Peace In Toronto 1969
The Powerhouse I Want To Know, Crossroads, Steppin’ Out What’s Shakin’ 1966
Billy Preston That’s The Way God Planned It / Do What You Want To Single (A & B Side) 1969
Billy Preston That’s The Way God Planned It, Do What You Want To That’s The Way God Planned It 1969
Billy Preston Right Now, Encouraging Words Encouraging Words 1970
Lionel Richie Tonight Will Be Alright Dancing On The Ceiling 1986
The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar   Unissued
The Rolling Stones Little Red Rooster, Boogie Chillin’ (Unissued) Flashpoint 1990
Leon Russell Prince of Peace, Sweet Home Chicago (unissued), Blues Jam (unissued) Leon Russell 1970
Leon Russell & The Shelter People Alcatraz, Beware of Darkness Leon Russell & The Shelter People 1971
Richie Sambora Mr. Bluesman Stranger In This Town 1991
David Sanborn Full House Upfront 1992
Otis Spann Stirs Me Up Single (B Side) 1964
Otis Spann Pretty Girls Everywhere The Blues of Otis Spann and Cracked Spanner Head 1964
Vivian Stanshall Labio-Dental Fricative / Paper Round Single (A & B Side) 1970
Ringo Starr This Be Called A Song Rotagravure 1976
Ringo Starr Everybody’s In A Hurry But Me Old Wave 1983
Ringo Starr Never Without You Ringo Rama 2003
Rod Stewart Blue Moon Stardust – The Great American Songbook Vol 3 2004
Stephen Stills Go Back Home Stephen Stills 1970
Stephen Stills Fishes and Scorpions Stephen Stills 2 1971
Sting They Dance Alone Nothing Like The Sun 1987
Sting It’s Probably Me 10 Summoners Tales 1993
Hubert Sumlin I’m Ready, Long Distance Call? About Them Shoes 2005
Taj Mahal Here In The Dark Phantom Blues 1996
Tom and Don Greyhound Bus, The Time Is Now, I’ve Just Seen A Face, Never Had It So Good, Daybreak, My Time, Fool On The Hill, Vincent, Apple Scruff, After The Thrill Is Gone, Beau Jangles   Unissued
Toots and The Maytals Pressure Drop, Take A Trip True Love 2004
Doris Troy Ain’t That Cute Single (A Side) 1970
Doris Troy Get Back Single (B Side) 1970
Doris Troy Ain’t That Cute, Give Me Back My Dynamite, I’ve Got To Be Strong, You Give Me Joy Joy, Don’t Call Me No More, Get Back Doris Troy 1970
Tina Turner What You See Is What You Get 12” Single 1987
Tina Turner Tearing Us Apart Live In Europe 1988
Martha Velez It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry; I’m Gonna Leave You; Feel So Bad; In My Girlish Days Fiends & Angels 1969
Roger Waters All Tracks The Pros & Cons of Hitch-Hiking 1984
Bobby Whitlock Where There’s A Will There’s A Way, A Day Without Jesus, Back In My Life Again, The Scenery Has Slowly Changed Bobby Whitlock 1971
Bobby Whitlock The Dreams Of A Hobo, Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham Raw Velvet 1972
The Who Eyesight To The Blind, Sally Simpson Tommy: The Movie 1978
Brian Wilson City Blues Gettin’ In Over My Head 2004
Steve Winwood Dirty City Nine Lives 2008
Stevie Wonder I’m Free   Unissued
Ronnie Wood Various Jams   Unissued
Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings Melody Struttin’ Our Stuff 1998
Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You Anyway The Wind Blows 1999
Zucchero Wonderful World Zucchero 1989
Buckwheat Zydeco Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad Taking It Home 1988


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