Eric Clapton is sued by the family of blues musician who claim he used late star's song without crediting him
- The heirs of Bo Carter have filed a lawsuit against Clapton, claiming he wrongly attributed the credit for song Alberta
- They say the error was made on the re-release of the guitarist's 2013 Unplugged album
- Carter's step-grandson said the track was actually a cover of Corrine, Corrina, which became interchangeable with Alberta
- Credit for the track was given to Huddie Ledbetter - better known as Lead Belly
The track featured on Clapton's 2013 Unplugged album, prompting the $5 million lawsuit
The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician have filed a lawsuit against rock guitarist Eric Clapton, claiming he gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.
A $5 million lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says while Eric Clapton attributed the song Alberta to Huddie Ledbetter - better known as Lead Belly - in the 2013 re-release of Clapton's Unplugged album, the credit should have gone to Bo Carter.
Miles Floyd, Carter's step-grandson, believes Clapton's song is actually a cover of a track called Corrine, Corrina.
The song was was first licensed in 1929, and over time became interchangeable with Alberta, he claims.
Folk and blues singer Lead Belly died in 1949 at the age of 60 in New York.
Floyd's lawyer, Barry Shrum, told The Tennessean: 'This is a situation where you have the estate, the rightful owners of Bo's intellectual property, just trying to get what's rightfully theirs and get credit where credit is due.
'Bo created this song and started, in essence, a genre in music and influenced many performers in the future, and he deserves that credit.'
The lawsuit claims the song was written by Bo Carter (left), but wrongly attributed to blues and folk musician Lead Belly
Carter sometimes performed alongside his brothers as a group called the Mississippi Sheiks, who were considered one of the most prominent African-American string bands of the 1930s.
The Sheiks covered the song using Alberta, Alberta instead of Corrine, Corrina and called it Alberta Blues, the lawsuit alleges.
Versions of the song have also been sung by Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and others.
Performing as Lead Belly, Ledbetter recorded a song called Alberta in 1940, but that song was not musically similar to the original Corrine, Corrina, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit includes Clapton and Warner Music Group Corp as defendants. The defendants have yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Carter, whose real name was Armenter Chatmon, died in Memphis in 1964.
It is not the first time the 12-bar track has been at the center of controversy - last year the estate took similar action against Rod Stewart over the same song.
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