Anyone for Tennis
|"Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven Theme)"|
Danish single picture sleeve
|Single by Cream|
|B-side||"Pressed Rat and Warthog"|
|Format||7-inch 45 rpm|
|Writer(s)||Eric Clapton, Martin Sharp|
|Cream singles chronology|
Guitarist Eric Clapton wrote the song for the 1968 film The Savage Seven. It was his second collaboration with lyricist Martin Sharp (their first was "Tales of Brave Ulysses"). According to biographer Michael Schumacher, Clapton was unable to find a melody that suit him, despite expending considerable time.
The song was recording during the sessions for Cream's third album, Wheels of Fire. However, it was released on the The Savage Seven soundtrack album and as a single instead. Backed with "Pressed Rat and Warthog", it reached number 64 on the American Billboard Hot 100 in May 1968 and number 40 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1968.
AllMusic writer Joe Viglione notes "The song is interesting, but no 'Tales of Brave Ulysses' or 'White Room'". He adds, however, "the Felix Pappalardi production of Cream['s song for the soundtrack] is the only track of real note."
- Eric Clapton - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, slide guitar
- Jack Bruce - Bass guitar, recorder
- Ginger Baker - Drums, percussion
- Felix Pappalardi - Viola
- Schumacher, Michael (1993). Crossroads: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton. New York City: Crown Trade Paperbacks. p. 107. ISBN 0-517-88118-7.
- Viglione, Joe. "Original Soundtrack: The Savage Seven – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- 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.
- "Cream – Singles". Official Charts. Retrieved 9 August 2016.