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♪♫ Eric Clapton -- Tears in Heaven (Cover)

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Uploaded on Oct 14, 2011

I dedicate this song to my younger brother who passed away 4 years ago. Tears in heaven (Music and song by Eric Clapton). "Tears in Heaven" is a ballad written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain and loss Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son,[1] Conor. Conor fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment of his mother's friend on March 20, 1991. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident,[2] was visibly distraught.[1] This is one of Clapton's most successful songs, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S., featuring a classical guitar as the lead instrument.[3] The song also stayed three weeks as #1 on the American adult contemporary chart in 1992.

Will Jennings, who worked with Clapton on the song, was reluctant at first to help him write a personal song.[2] The song was initially featured on the soundtrack to the film Rush, followed by Unplugged, and it won three Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 1993 Grammy Awards. It also won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1992.

Clapton stopped playing it in 2004, as well as the song "My Father's Eyes", with Clapton 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."

Shortly after his single was released, he went on to the MTV Unplugged series and recorded a new version of the song.

The years following 1990 were extremely turbulent for Clapton. In August 1990 his manager and two of his roadies (along with fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan) were killed in a helicopter accident, and only seven months later came the death of his young son.

The years following 1990 were extremely turbulent for Clapton. In August 1990 his manager and two of his roadies (along with fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan) were killed in a helicopter accident, and only seven months later came the death of his young son.

On March 20, 1991 his son, Conor, fell 53 stories to his death.[8] After isolating himself for a period of time Clapton began working again, writing music for a movie about drug addiction called Rush. Eric Clapton wrote the song "Tears in Heaven" for his son Conor which was released on the album Unplugged.[9] Unplugged topped charts and was nominated for nine Grammy Awards the year it was released. Though his grief was intense, Clapton made multiple public service announcements to raise awareness for childproofing windows and staircases.[9]

In an interview with Daphne Barak, Clapton stated "I almost subconsciously used music for myself as a healing agent, and lo and behold, it worked . . . I have got a great deal of happiness and a great deal of healing from music".

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