"Hide Away" or "Hideaway" is a blues guitar instrumental that has become "a standard for countless blues and rock musicians performing today". First recorded in 1960 by Freddie King, the song became an R&B and pop chart hit. Since then, it has been interpreted and recorded by numerous blues and other musicians and has been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 1963, Eric Clapton was introduced to "Hide Away" (and the single's B-side "I Love the Woman") by bandmate Tom McGuinness of the Roosters. Later in 1966, he recorded "Hideaway" for the John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton album. The version followed the original, but with a jazzier rhythm-section arrangement and more vamping by Clapton, including an Elmore James-style riff. The "Peter Gunn Theme" section was dropped in favor of a loose take on "Baby Elephant Walk". The album was popular in England, where it reached number six in the UK Albums Chart. Clapton called it "the breakthrough album that really brought my playing to people's attention" and where he developed his signature overdriven Les Paul guitar sound.