Eric Clapton sued by musician's estate over iconic song
Eric Clapton performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, April 14, 2013, in New York. AP photo
NASHVILLE (AP) — The estate of a Mississippi blues musician has filed a lawsuit against Eric Clapton, accusing the Hall of Fame guitarist of giving a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2e3xcEY ) reports a lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song “Alberta” to Huddie Ledbetter — better known as Lead Belly — in 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 actually 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 and includes Clapton and Warner Music Group Corp as defendants. The defendants haven’t responded to the lawsuit.
Carter died in Memphis in 1964.
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