A letter John Lennon wrote urging Eric Clapton to start a new band with him shortly after the Beatles broke up will go up for auction next month. The letter is one of several pieces of correspondence from some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and George Gershwin.
Lennon’s letter to Clapton, dated Sept. 29, 1971, expressed the ex-Beatle’s admiration and lobbied him to form a group together because he and wife Yoko Ono felt they were kindred spirits with the English superstar guitarist.
"Both of us have been thru the same kind of [difficulties] that I know you’ve had,” Lennon wrote, “and I know we could help each other in that area — but mainly Eric — I know I can bring out something great — in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music, I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us — which I know will happen if/when we get together."
Clapton had already worked with Lennon in 1969 on his Plastic Ono Band "Live Peace in Toronto" concert and album, on Lennon's solo single "Cold Turkey." The guitarist had previously collaborated with other Beatles, specifically with George Harrison on the song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from the 1968 album "The Beatles" (a.k.a. "the White Album").