Badge (Cream)

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"Badge" is a rock song by Cream, written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison during a collaborative effort between Clapton, Harrison and Ringo Starr. It was included as a track on the Cream album Goodbye. Peaking at number 60 on Billboard's Hot 100, "Badge" was a minor hit after its release as a single in April 1969. However the single was much more successful in the United Kingdom where it reached #18.

"Badge" was originally an untitled track. During the production transfer for the album Goodbye, the original music sheet was used to produce the liner notes and track listing. The only discernible word on the page was "Bridge" — a notation intended to identify the transitional moment in the song. Harrison's handwriting, however, was so bad, that Eric Clapton looked at it and thought it said "Badge" — so the band named it Badge.

Harrison told the story differently, however: "I helped Eric write 'Badge' you know. Each of them had to come up with a song for that Goodbye Cream album and Eric didn't have his written. We were working across from each other and I was writing the lyrics down and we came to the middle part so I wrote 'Bridge.' Eric read it upside down and cracked up...


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