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"Badge" is a song performed by British rock music group Cream. It was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison,[1] and was included as a track on Cream's final album, Goodbye. Also issued as a single in March 1969, "Badge" peaked at number 18 in the United Kingdom[2] and number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3]

Badge - Cream (European single sleeve).jpg
German single picture sleeve
Single by Cream
from the album Goodbye
B-side"What a Bringdown"
  • February 1969 (1969-02) (album)
  • March 1969 (US single)
  • April 1969 (UK single)
RecordedOctober 1968
StudioIBC, London
Songwriter(s)Eric Clapton, George Harrison
Producer(s)Felix Pappalardi
Cream US singles chronology
"Lawdy Mama"
Cream UK singles chronology
"White Room"
Japanese single picture sleeve (left to right: Bruce, Clapton, Baker)
Cream Badge DP-1630 Japan.jpg



"Badge" was originally an untitled track.[4] 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" (indicating the song's bridge section). Due to Harrison's handwriting, however, Clapton misread it as "badge"—and the song was titled soon thereafter.

Harrison remembered the story thus:

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 laughing – 'What's BADGE?' he said. After that, Ringo [Starr] walked in drunk and gave us that line about the swans living in the park.[5]

Common legends or misconceptions are that the name came about because its chord progression was B–A–D–G–E, (which is not true) or simply because the notation of a guitar's standard tuning (E–A–D–G–B–E) can be arranged to spell "Badge".[6]

Writing and publishing creditsEdit

In the US, Atco Records' initial releases of Goodbye and of "Badge" as a single gave the song's writing credit to Eric Clapton alone, with publishing credit to Robert Stigwood's company Casserole (BMI).[7] Atco later corrected in 1969 with the release of Best of Cream,[8] which lists both Clapton and George Harrison as the song's authors. The UK single of "Badge" released by Polydor Records gave writing credit to both Clapton and Harrison, with publishing credit going to Dratleaf and Harrisongs Ltd.[9] Since the early 1990s the writing credit has been listed as Clapton/Harrison with publishing credit going to E.C. Music, Ltd. and Harrisongs.[10] Despite his alleged contribution to the song's lyrics, Ringo Starr is not credited as a co-author of "Badge".



Chart (1969) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[11] 43
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 18
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)[13] 49
Netherlands (Dutch Tip 40)[14] 14
UK Singles (OCC)[15] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 60
US Cashbox Top Singles[17] 65
West Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 29


  1. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1969 – 'But If Paul's Alive, How Did He Die?'". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 73. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.
  2. ^ " - UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 - Chart Listing For The Week Of May 03 1969". Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  4. ^ Welsh, Chris. Cream: The Legendary Sixties Supergroup.
  5. ^ "George Harrison performs on Badge by Cream". Beatles Bible.
  6. ^ Cream: Selections From Cream - Those Were the Days. Hal Leonard. p. 2. ISBN 0-7935-9084-1.
  7. ^ Atco Records single #45-6668
  8. ^ Atco Records album #SD 33-291
  9. ^ Polydor Records single #2058-285
  10. ^ Cream of Clapton Liner Notes
  11. ^ Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book 1940–1969. Australian Chart Book Limited. ISBN 0-646-44439-5.
  12. ^ " – Cream – Badge" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  13. ^ "RPM Search Engine" (PHP). Library and Archives Canada. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Cream – Badge | Top 40". Dutch Tip 40 (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  15. ^ " - UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. p. 209. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
  17. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950–1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 135.
  18. ^ " – Cream – Badge". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 May 2019. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON Cream"

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