Eric Clapton

Forever Man

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Warner Bros. wasn’t happy with what Eric Clapton gave to them for his first album on the label so they brought in songwriter Jerry Williams and a couple of corporate producers to rescue the project. Together they manufactured this #1 hit for Clapton, helped greatly by a slickly produced, television-friendly video of the song. Forever Man is pleasant without being much more than that. There’s a little bit of up-tempo blues hinted in Clapton’s vocal, but really, Forever Man is a product more driven by the skills of the producer than by the inspiration of the artist. If you look at the video you may notice former Blues Brothers band member and legendary session musician Donald “Duck” Dunn standing next to Clapton, looking really, really bored.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Behind the Sun 1985 Import 3:13
The Cream of Eric Clapton 1987 Polydor 3:10
Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection, 1983-1985 1995
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:13
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 1999 Reprise 3:11
Complete Clapton 2007 Warner Bros. / Reprise 3:14
Forever Man 2015 GC / Reprise / Rhino 3:12