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This was written for the movie The Color Of Money, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise as pool sharks. It appeared on the soundtrack before Clapton's album was released.
Clapton wrote this with Robbie Robertson, who's work with The Band in the '60s encouraged Clapton to get away from the long, heavy solos he was playing with Cream. Robertson was in charge of the music for The Color Of Money, but because he was not finished with his first solo album, his record company would not let him sing on any of the songs. He got around it by contributing instrumental songs to the soundtrack.
The original title was "The Gift."
, formerly a member of Procol Harum, sang backup. He played keyboards on Clapton's 1981 album Another Ticket
This was the first track on the album, which was named after the month Clapton's son Conor was born.