Today in Music History, February 24

On this date, February 24 1993,  Eric Clapton won six Grammy awards including Record of the Year for “Tears In Heaven.”  It is one of Clapton’s most successful songs, as it reached number two on the U.S. singles chart.

The song was written about the pain and loss Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son Conor. Conor fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment belonging to his mother’s friend on March 20, 1991. Clapton arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, and was distraught over his son’s death.

Clapton stopped playing it in 2004, as well as the song  ” My Father’s Eyes.” stating; “I didn’t feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with the feelings that were there when I wrote them. They’re kind of gone and I really don’t want them to come back, particularly. My life is different now. They probably just need a rest and maybe I’ll introduce them for a much more detached point of view.

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