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The Core


Eric Clapton

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Clapton wrote this based on a repeating guitar riff he came up with.
The original title was "The Riff," followed by "Burning Hot Core," and finally "The Core."
Marcy Levy, one of Clapton's backup singers, helped him write this. She also helped him with "Lay Down Sally." In 1988, using the name Marcella Detroit, she joined former Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey to form Shakespear's Sister.
A rare Clapton song with horns. Mel Collins, who has also recorded with King Crimson and The Rolling Stones, played the sax. It was the first time Clapton used horns since his first solo album.
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Comments (9):

It's almost as if the session sax player and Clapton were going at it to see who could one-up the other one with RIPPING solos... Outstanding!
- David, Knoxville, TN
The Woman on vocals is
Marcy Levy not Yvonne Elliman
- harry, philadelphia, DE
maybe the greatest by Eric, the woman vocal is from Yvonne Elliman
- Richard, Mainz, Germany
I need to know who the female vocalist is. I thought when this song was released, it was by Delaney and Bonnie and friends (Bonnie Bramlett). Is this the case?
- domma, Point marion, PA
I really like the riff. And I love spinal tap. good song.
- Johnny, Los Angeles, CA
I love this song. The female vocals are great, especially as the intro is characteristic Clapton, and when she starts singing it catches you off guard. Excellent riff, great solo.
- Sam, Shanghai, China
this is on of my favorite clapton songs, too.
- Tyler, Niagara Falls, NY
One of my favorite Clapton songs. Great guitar and outstanding work on the Hammond B3 organ.
- Shell, Riverdale, GA
when I was a young fellow in radio, this was the ultimate headphone testing song. To borrow from Spinal Tap, we'd turn them up to "11" and see how long they held up. If they made it through the song...they were good to go.
- paul, memphis, TN
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