Can’t find my way home

Eric Clapton rejoined forces with Steve Winwood to form one of the best short lived groups ever called Blind Faith. Both were very talented musicians who met when Clapton had a one off group called Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse, when Winwood was just a teen. It should be noted Winwood was only fourteen when he joined the Spencer Davis group. Here is a news story about their formation:

“On February 8th, 1969, three anointed stars of the music world announced the formation of rock’s first true supergroupBlind Faith.

Featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood–and, a few months later, Ric Grech–the band had all the eyes of the music world squarely on them, as Blind Faith’s debut was easily one of the most anticipated moments in the then-young history of commercial rock and roll. At the time, no one would know how quickly the promise of magic to come would turn into a tale of wasted potential, even though the writing was on the wall from the beginning.”

In the band’s short life together they produced some excellent music. “Can’t find my way home” was penned by Steve Winwood is a great barometer of the band, featuring Winwood’s beautiful voice along with the talent of Clapton and Baker, who had a tempestuous relationships that sometimes led to fist fights. The latter two would form two-thirds of a group called Cream that would also produce great music in a short time.

Two other Blind Faith favorites of many are “The presence of the Lord,” written by Clapton and “Well alright.” Reading Clapton’s autobiography reveals a man in search for perfection, which is unattainable. He tended to regret leaving bands that were very good and Blind Faith is no exception.

I have seen footage of Winwood and Clapton performing together later in their careers and there seemed to be affection and respect. My wife and I have had the pleasure of seeing Winwood and Clapton each perform live which were treats.

Winwood has a had a long and successful career, but may be more known for his singles career that took off in the 1980s. He could play dozens of instruments, but that got overshadowed by his hauntingly melancholic voice which appeared on many group albums.. .

Give this song a listen as evidence.

Blind Faith ~ Can’t Find My Way Home – Bing video

19 thoughts on “Can’t find my way home

  1. I can still remember my Mum’s shocked ‘Good grief, what’s that!’ When I took my new Blind Faith album out of the bag! I have been a fan of Clapton and Winwood since the sixties, from Clapton’s time in Cream and Winwood’s with the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, through both their solo careers. So much great music!

    • Thanks Clive. I amended my post about where the two first played together. Winwood wrote some fantastic music. Clapton said he wanted Winwood to sing his “The presence of the Lord” because of his beautiful voice. If you ever get a chance, footage of a short-lived TV show with Johnny Cash captures all of these artists who admired Cash, including Clapton. He was on there with Derrick and The Dominoes. Keith

      • Thanks for the tip, Keith. I’d never heard of that show but have just found loads of clips from it on YouTube. Very enjoyable, especially the one with The Monkees!

      • Clive, excellent. I have seen a compilation of the artists on a PBS show that was excellent. Cash was very well respected as a person and artist, much more than I ever knew until late in his career. Glenn Campbell, who had several pop hits, had a show as well, and played with the artists that came on his show. Campbell is also an excellent guitarist who was a member of The Wrecking Crew that recorded the music for LA record studios on the albums. They were much better than the band members. Campbell was so good he taught Eddie Van Halen a lesson on guitar playing. Keith

  2. Wow, I did not know that Winwood and Clapton were in a Band together… oops! Thank you for sharing all of those facts. Yes, I too know him more from his 80s songs (first and foremost “Valerie” and “Higher Love”). I am glad you shared “Can’t Find My Way Home”. Very impressive also the video.

    • Thanks Erika. If you have time, click on the suggested posts at the end of this post. They have more info on Winwood. “The Presence of the Lord” is an marvelous song as well, but Winwood’s body of early work is extensive as is his later work. Keith

  3. This is a good account of one of those brief shooting star events in music.
    I remember at the time, there was a great deal of excitement (and hype) in the music press. Then they were there, and then they were gone. That was my favourite of their body of work, Winwood’s voice being exceptionally haunting. My favourite period of his being the era of Traffic’s ‘Low Spark of High Heeled Boys’ & ‘Shoot-out at The Fantasy Factory’.
    (One of the great mysteries of music is why and how Clapton, Baker and Bruce ever worked together at all, their various collaborations always ended fractiously. )
    That cover though; there were a few eye brows raised when it first came out; these days even the suggestion of such a format would have the person who made the suggestion sacked. But there were a few back in the free-wheeling careless and somewhat naïve 60s/70s which wouldn’t ‘make the cut’ now.
    (Poor Rich Grech though, another casualty)

    • Roger, it does amaze when folks that can’t always get along, can do such wondrous things together, even for a brief period of time. In his autobiography, Clapton said he had a strong affinity and envy of The Band, which is why he appeared in “The Last Waltz” concert movie with them. He liked their talent and camaraderie. Another good read is the book by the one and only Layla, who spawned three of the greatest songs about her by George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She confirms Clapton’s heroin addition which should have killed them both, she and him. Keith

      • It seems to be a very old tale that when embarking on the road of arts / entertainment there must sometimes be this price to pay in self-destruction and bitter conflict.
        Eric Clapton still lives under the shadow of a drunken racist outburst made on stage back in the mid-1970s.
        There are very few with completely clean and stable stories.

    • Cindy, thanks. This is a cool song. If you like this one, check out “The presence of the Lord,” with Winwood on vocals. My favorite Clapton song is “Bell bottom blues.” I don’t remember which band of Clapton’s that one comes from. Keith

  4. For me Stevie Winwood was a member of the best British band of the 1960’s – Spencer Davis. Their 4 biggest singles – Keep On Running, Somebody Help Me, When I Come Home and Gimme Some Lovin are the standout tracks from those years. They still sound fresh. His later works are of course standouts but in my view, nothing he did subsequently matches his early time with Spencer Davis.

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