20 years ago today (March 6th), Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, in a ceremony that also included The Lovin’ Spoonful, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, among others.

20 years ago today (March 6th), Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, in a ceremony that also included The Lovin’ Spoonful, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, among others.

Classic Cuts

Eric Clapton: “After Midnight”

The Hook: The first JJ Cale song Eric ever heard and the first one he recorded.

Album: Eric Clapton

Year: 1970

Writer: JJ Cale

Stats: Peaked at number-18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Eric Clapton is a huge fan of the late JJ Cale. After he recorded such Cale songs as “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” the two finally recorded an album together in 2006. Clapton recalls finding out just how mysterious a character Cale — who he calls John — was after being introduced to his music by Delaney Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, who would soon produce Clapton’s self-titled first solo album.