On this day in 1993, Eric Clapton began a three-week run at the top of the Billboard albums chart with his Grammy-winning live record Unplugged.
Long known as one of the innovators on the electric guitar, Clapton made a name for himself by turning up the volume and distortion to previously unheard levels in rock & roll.
He took that sound in the complete opposite direction on Unplugged, and instead of alienating fans of his early career work he proved he was more than just a feedback & blues solo machine and he could tear it up on the acoustic guitar as well, most notably on the almost completely reworked acoustic version of “Layla.”
The album’s commercial success is indicative of the mostly positive reception from fans, and he was rewarded for that success with six Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
How did you feel about Unplugged when it first came out? Has your mind changed either way since? Share your thoughts in the comments.