Blind Faith – One Supergroup. One Album. One Time.

Photo of Blind Faith Band 1969
Blind Faith, 1969: (L-R) Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech

Blind Faith was an English supergroup featuring Steve WinwoodEric ClaptonGinger Baker, and Ric Grech, active in mostly 1969. They were eagerly anticipated by the music press as a continuation of Clapton and Baker’s former group Cream and Winwood’s former group Traffic, but they split after one album and tour.

The group originated with informal jamming by Clapton and Winwood in early 1969 following the break-ups of Cream and Traffic. Baker joined them in rehearsals and they decided to form a group. Grech joined as the fourth member from the band Family in May, and they began recording their debut album. It drew controversy for featuring a photograph of a topless 11-year-old girl on the front cover, and it was banned in the United States.

The first Blind Faith concert was on 7 June in front of an estimated 100,000 fans in Hyde Park, London, but they felt that they had not rehearsed enough and were unprepared. They subsequently played concerts in Scandinavia and the US, but the lack of material in the live set led them to play old Cream and Traffic songs which pleased the audience but disillusioned the band. Clapton became increasingly isolated during the tour, preferring to spend time with support act Delaney & Bonnie, and the band split up immediately after their last performance on the tour. Clapton and Winwood both enjoyed the music that they played together in the group’s limited time, and they have since collaborated on several tours playing Blind Faith material.

— Source: Wikipedia

Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home
Hyde Park 1969

Blind Faith – Presence of the Lord
Hyde Park 1969

Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood – Presence of the Lord
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007, with Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall

 

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