In an interview with Anne Nightingale published in 1976, Eric Clapton expressed his admiration for Don Williams when answering a question as to whether he went to lots of other people's gigs, he replied only "...Selected gigs. People like Don Williams. What a show he gives! Just taps his foot.When I saw him the first time, the lighting was unbelievable. At the end of a number the lights would go up. And then when the next one starts, the lights go down again - there's just a spotlight on him, and that's it. None of this purple all over the place. Just simplicity. It was great..."
Eric Clapton joined Don Williams on stage in London on September 18th, 1976 at the start of Williams' British Tour.
Clapton was apparently seen using this guitar on the opening numbers of a concert in 1977, broadcast on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test; the numbers Clapton played were Hello Old Friend, Sign Language and Alberta. He also apparently used this guitar for the recording sessions at Olympic Studios for the popular album, Slowhand, in 1977. In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist, Lee Dickson confirmed that Clapton played these numbers on this Martin and added "...At the time Eric was really into the music of Don Williams and was doing things 'Lay Down Sally' and 'Tulsa Time'. I don't know if it was Don who put the sticker on there or Eric, but that song was a big radio hit for Don at the time..."
Clapton is also seen performing a Big Bill Broonzy gospel number When Did You Leave Heaven with this Martin 000-28 in footage originally intended for the unreleased Rolling Hotel film - a documentary of the June 1977 European Tour which was released as a part of the South Bank Show special Eric Clapton - The Man and his Music in 1986. The guitar's distinctive sticker is clearly visible in this footage. Clapton included the Don Williams' song She's In Love With A Rodeo Man in the set of his 1978 US tour.