Eric Clapton co-wrote Tears in Heaven with Will Jennings for the soundtrack of the 1991 movie Rush. Jennings was at the recording session for the song, which was produced by Russ Titelman at the Village Recorder in L.A.
Jennys recalled how intense the session was. “He wanted everybody out of the room except the engineer and Russ Titelman and me. And so you had the director of the film and the music coordinator trying to put their ear against the door. You know, he just wanted to really go into himself and you don’t like to open your insides to a room full of spectators. We were just very quiet in the studio and he was there and it was dark. He had the lights off and he was playing guitar as he sang.”
Tears in Heaven peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 was written about the pain and loss Clapton felt after the death of his 4-year-old son, Conor. He fell from a window of a 53rd-floor New York apartment building owned by his mother's friend on March 20, 1991.
Eric Clapton celebrates his 72nd birthday today (March 30th). He is the only three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He first came to fame in The Yardbirds and later founded the trio Cream, both of whom are in the Hall.His third induction is for his solo career.