Anyone for Tennis

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"Anyone for Tennis"
Anyone for tennis 45 sleeve cream.jpg
Danish single picture sleeve
Single by Cream
from the album Original Motion Picture Sound Track The Savage Seven
B-side"Pressed Rat and Warthog"
ReleasedMay 1968 (1968-05)
Recorded1968
GenrePop rock
Length2:37
Label
Composer(s)Eric Clapton
Lyricist(s)Martin Sharp
Producer(s)Felix Pappalardi
Cream US singles chronology
"Sunshine of Your Love"
(1968)
"Anyone for Tennis"
(1968)
"White Room"
(1968)
Cream UK singles chronology
"Strange Brew"
(1967)
"Anyone for Tennis"
(1968)
"Sunshine of Your Love"
(1968)
Alternative cover
Atco single without subtitle
Atco single without subtitle

"Anyone for Tennis" is a song by the British rock band Cream. It was used as the theme song for the 1968 film The Savage Seven and is titled "Anyone for Tennis (Theme from the Savage Seven)" for the soundtrack album. The subtitle was dropped for Cream's single releases.

Guitarist Eric Clapton wrote the song for the 1968 film The Savage Seven.[1] It was his second collaboration with lyricist Martin Sharp (their first was "Tales of Brave Ulysses").[1] According to biographer Michael Schumacher, Clapton was unable to find a melody that suit him, despite expending considerable time.[1]

The song was recorded during the sessions for Cream's third album, Wheels of Fire.[1] However, it was released on The Savage Seven soundtrack album[2] and as a single instead. Backed with "Pressed Rat and Warthog",[3] it reached number 64 on the American Billboard Hot 100 in May 1968 and number 40 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1968.[4]

Cream mimed the song during their promotional appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in May 1968 with a video middle section in which the band carry tennis rackets.[1]

"Anyone for Tennis" is included on several Cream compilation albums, including Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream (1983), The Very Best of Cream (1995), and the boxed set Those Were the Days (1997). It is also included in the Clapton boxed set Crossroads (1988).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Schumacher, Michael (1993). Crossroads: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton. New York City: Crown Trade Paperbacks. p. 107. ISBN 0-517-88118-7.
  2. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Original Soundtrack: The Savage Seven – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ Roberty, Mark (1993). Slowhand: The Complete Life and Times of Eric Clapton. New York City: Crown Trade Paperbacks. p. 40. ISBN 0-517-88118-7.
  4. ^ "Cream – Singles". Official Charts. Retrieved 9 August 2016.

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