Eric Clapton sued by Mississippi musician’s estate over iconic song

FILE - In this  June 26, 2010 file photo, Eric Clapton performs during the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.  Eric Clapton is parting with dozens of guitars and amps at a New York City auction to benefit an alcohol and drug treatment center he founded in Antigua.  New York-Bonhams will offer the 70 guitars and 70 amps next Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
FILE - In this June 26, 2010 file photo, Eric Clapton performs during the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Eric Clapton is parting with dozens of guitars and amps at a New York City auction to benefit an alcohol and drug treatment center he founded in Antigua. New York-Bonhams will offer the 70 guitars and 70 amps next Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (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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