Watch the The Genius Solo online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Blues Alchemy: Post-War

When Eric Clapton’s Journeyman album came out, my favorite track on it was another Ray Charles 8-bar blues, “Hard Times”, which stood out among the generally more radio-friendly material on the record. The song was originally recorded in 1955 but later reissued on 1962’s The Genius Sings The Blues, an Atlantic compilation put out just after Charles left the label. It seems likely that’s where Clapton would have discovered the song, and both versions are worth checking out.