Eric Clapton Goes To Court
Guitar legend is sued over songwriting credit for Unplugged
By Gary Graff
Oct. 27, 2016
Eric Clapton has found himself in the midst of a controversy involving his Grammy Award-winning 1992 album Unplugged.
Miles Floyd, the step-grandson of the late bluesman Bo Carter, is suing Clapton and other entities associated with the album claiming that the Lead Belly song “Alberta” that Clapton performed during the MTV episode and included on the album is actually Carter’s “Corinne, Corrina.”
Floyd’s suit notes that Clapton credited the song correctly on the 2011 release Marsalis & Clapton Play The Blues (Live From Lincoln Center). Floyd’s suit is asking for the credit to be corrected on future pressings of Unplugged, which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, as well as back royalties.
Unplugged won the 1993 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year along with Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Male Vocal Performance. Clapton has not yet responded to the lawsuit.