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Thursday 30 March 2017

Eric Clapton sued by estate of blues musician Bo Carter over song credit

The song appeared on the 2013 re-release of Eric Clapton's Unplugged album
The song appeared on the 2013 re-release of Eric Clapton's Unplugged album

The estate of a Mississippi blues musician has filed a lawsuit against Eric Clapton, accusing the noted British guitarist of giving a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.

A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court reportedly says Clapton attributed the song Alberta to Huddie Ledbetter - better known as Lead Belly - on the 2013 re-release of Clapton's Unplugged album, when the credit should have gone to Bo Carter.

Miles Floyd, Carter's step-grandson, says Clapton's song was a cover of Carter's Corrine, Corrina, which was first licensed in 1929 and over time became interchangeable with Alberta.

The lawsuit seeks 5 million dollars (£4.1 million) and includes Clapton and Warner Music Group as defendants. The defendants have not responded to the lawsuit.

Carter died in Memphis in 1964.

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