Anyone for Tennis

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"Anyone for Tennis"
Anyone for tennis 45 sleeve cream.jpg
Danish single picture sleeve
Single by Cream
B-side "Pressed Rat and Warthog"
Released 1968 (1968) (US)
Format 7-inch 45 rpm
Recorded 1968
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:37
Label Atco
Songwriter(s) Eric Clapton, Martin Sharp
Producer(s) Felix Pappalardi
Cream singles chronology
"Sunshine of Your Love"
(1968)
"Anyone for Tennis"
(1968)
"White Room"
(1968)
American release
Atco single without subtitle
Atco single without subtitle

"Anyone for Tennis" is a 1968 song by the British rock band Cream. It was the theme tune to the 1968 film The Savage Seven.

Background[edit]

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 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]

AllMusic writer Joe Viglione feels that "The song is interesting" and that it "is the only track of real note" on the soundtrack, but that it is "no 'Tales of Brave Ulysses' or 'White Room'".[2] H[2]

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]

Personnel[edit]

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. ^ a b c 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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