- Badge (song)
Name = Badge
Artist = Cream
from Album = Goodbye
B-side = What a Bringdown
Released = April 1969
Recorded = October 1968
Genre = Rock, Pop
Length = 2:47
Eric Clapton George Harrison
Felix Pappalardi/ RSO
Chart position =
Last single = "Crossroads"
This single = "Badge"
Next single = "
(1970)"Badge" is a rock song by Cream, penned by
Eric Claptonand George Harrisonduring a collaborative effort between Clapton, Harrison and Ringo Starr. Badge was a major hit when it was released as a single in April of 1969, following release of the album "Goodbye" in January.
It was originally an untitled track. During the production transfer for the album "Goodbye", the original music sheet was used to produce the
liner notesand track listing. The only discernible word on the page was "Bridge" — a notation intended to identify the transitional moment in the song. Clapton's handwriting, however, was so bad, that Ringo Starr looked at it and thought it said "Badge" — so the band named it "Badge".
Harrison told the story differently, however: "I helped Eric write 'Badge' you know. Each of them had to come up with a song for that "Goodbye Cream" album and Eric didn't have his written. We were working across from each other and I was writing the lyrics down and we came to the middle part so I wrote 'Bridge.' Eric read it upside down and cracked up laughing-- 'What's BADGE?' he said. After that Ringo walked in drunk and gave us that line about the swans living in the park."
A common legend or misconception is that the name came about because its
chord progressionis B-A-D-G-E (it is not)cite book | title = Cream: Selections From Cream - Those Were the Days | edition = | last = | first = | coauthors = | year = | publisher = Hal Leonard | id = ISBN 0793590841 | pages = p. 2] , or simply because an anagram of a guitar's string tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E) can spell "Badge".
The arpeggiated guitar part in the songs bridge is similar to some of Harrison contemporary efforts with the Beatles, including, "
Here Comes the Sun", " You Never Give Me Your Money" and " Carry That Weight".
Original "Goodbye" performers
Eric Clapton- lead guitar& vocals
Jack Bruce- bass guitar& backing vocals
Ginger Baker- drums
Felix Pappalardi- piano& mellotron
* L'Angelo Misterioso (actually
George Harrison) - rhythm guitar
* [http://www.eric-clapton.co.uk/ecla/lyrics/badge.html Lyrics]
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