Sunshine of Your Love (4:10)

Cover of The Cream of Clapton

From The Cream of Clapton and 89 other releases

“Sunshine of Your Love” is a song by the British supergroup Cream, released on the Disraeli Gears album. It was Cream’s best-selling song and Atlantic Records’ best-selling to date as well. It features a distinctive guitar/bass guitar riff and an acclaimed guitar solo from Eric Clapton. It was written by bassist Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, and Clapton. In 2004, the song was named the 65th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2009 it was named the 44th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Development of the song began in January 1967 when Bruce and Clapton attended a Jimi Hendrix show at the Saville Theatre in London. Inspired by the likes of Richard Wetherell and rock drummer, Bruce returned home and wrote the now memorable guitar riff that runs throughout the song. The lyrics to “Sunshine of Your Love” were written during an all-night creative session between Bruce and Brown, a poet who worked with the band: “I picked up my double bass and played the riff. Pete looked out the window and the sun was coming up. He wrote ‘It’s getting near dawn and lights close their tired eyes…’” Clapton later wrote the chorus (“I’ve been waiting so long…”) which also yielded the song’s title.

Clapton’s guitar tone on the song is created using his 1964 Gibson SG guitar and a Marshall amplifier. It is also believed that a Vox Clyde McCoy Picture Wah is placed fully in the bass position for the solo section. The song is renowned among guitarists as perhaps the best example of his legendary late-’60s “woman tone”, a thick yet articulate sound that many have tried to emulate.


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  • ledzeppelinu2

    great riff

    7 Apr 4:39am Reply
  • marjo47

    Sunshine that is what I feel with this song. thanks brumbear63

    1 Apr 4:21pm Reply
  • desmetthierry

    Just Creamy & so Délicious... SLURP !!!

    20 Mar 5:11pm Reply
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    7 Mar 5:55am Reply
  • bercer

    great band"" first from E.Clapton , rock on""

    16 Feb 12:32am Reply
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  • MackSpane

    Clapton, Bruce and Baker... STILL perhaps the greatest three pure musicians (not necessarily singers) to ever play in one band together. Only the Beatles come close, but as much as I love McCartney on Bass, Bruce is better, the same is true of Clapton and Harrison (though, again, Harrison is right up there with the best ever), and with all due respect to Richard "Ringo" Starr(key), Ginger Baker blows him away.

    1 Jan 10:57am Reply
  • ekgreport

    Just watch Cream live at RAH, fantastic! One of my favorites. Jack's voice still has that rawness that a great singer always has.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    Good song

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    celebrity addicts, good grief.... clapton always was stuck-up.... and a clotheshorse

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    Sublime ♥

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dogs_best_frnd

    Clapton was great in here (regardless of how screwed up his life was at this time), and now he does so much for celebrity addicts...good man!

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Storchel

    What is there to comment to this classic piece of art...

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SP1984

    classic tune !

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    Classic Cream

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • shellbyrne

    everyone knows this riff

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • doctresswho

    classic <3

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • grungehe

    Sweet. :>

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ItsAllintheMind

    In the sunshine of your lOOOOoooOOOooove

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
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