Incredibly, Eric Clapton is 70 today. There are obviously many tunes we could feature, but I’ll start with one of my personal favorites: Derek & the Dominoes covering Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” live in New York in 1970.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.