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I've Got a Rock 'N Roll Heart
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I've Got a Rock 'N Roll Heart
Mike Pachelli takes a look at “I’ve Got a Rock n Roll Heart” performed by Eric Clapton. Troy Seals, Eddie Setser, and Steve Diamond wrote the song. It was released in 1983 on Clapton’s Money and Cigarettes album. As a single, it reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Clapton’s career has been pretty amazing. He’s the only person to have been inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 3 times – as a solo artist and as a member of Cream and The Yardbirds. He continues to rank exceedingly high in every guitar poll that’s taken. He’s won 17 Grammy’s and even the British CBE, from Buckingham Palace, for his service to music.
It hasn’t been a complete smooth ride for Eric Clapton. He lost his 4½ year old son in a tragic accident, his romantic life has been tumultuous, and has battled drug and alcohol addiction. It was after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism that he recorded “I’ve Got A Rock n Roll Heart.”
The song takes its inspiration from a few different places. It has a pop sensibility with some rhythm and blues and funk overtones, yet the chord structure is reminiscent of 50’s doo wop. 

Mike plays a Gibson Custom ES-335 Block Inlay in the lesson.

Mike Pachelli
    Mike Pachelli started playing guitar as a youngster in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. His earliest influence was Wes Montgomery who Mike says, "first opened my ears to the possibilities on guitar." Pachelli studied classical guitar at YSU and then moved to New York City to study bebop with guitar luminaries Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Mike's guitar style is an amalgamation of blues, jazz, rock, and neo-classical. He has a wealth of musical experience gained thru years of night clubs, concert halls, and recording studios. He's performed all over the U.S. and Europe with some of the most eclectic jazz, blues, pop and rock musicians including Brother Jack McDuff, Albert King, Les & Larry Elgart, Michael Sembello, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Jeanne Mas, Phil Keaggy, Frank Stallone (to name a few) and has done classical symphony concerts touring with Ferrante and Teicher.

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