ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – In the wake of Prince’s death, social media networks have become a place of mourning and remembrance of the pop culture icon. Stories and whimsical yarns about the singer have been shared, favorited, and liked by fans hundreds and thousands of times in the last 24 hours.
But one popular anecdote connecting Prince with guitarist Eric Clapton appears to be a work of fiction.
The story goes as follows: an interviewer (unnamed, of course) once asked Eric Clapton whom he considered to be the greatest guitarist of all-time. Clapton’s response? “You’ll have to ask Prince,” implying Clapton was deferring to Prince.
A wonderful sentiment, sure, but it’s a tall tale, according to the folks at popular rumor busting website Snopes.
Turns out the “You’ll have to ask (so-and-so)” story has been used before. Jimi Hendrix was once said to have told Tonight Show host Johnny Carson he considered Phil Keaggy the greatest guitarist. Again, not true.