Eric Clapton (30.3.1945) Eric Clapton is a British blues and rock guitarist, songwriter, singer and composer.
Childhood: Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, to Patricia Clapton and Edward Fryer. His mother was 17 and his father was a 25-year-old soldier from Montreal. Before Eric's birth, his father was sent to war and then returned to Canada.
Eric Clapton was raised by his grandmother and her husband, believing that they were his real parents and that his mother was his older sister. Patricia later married another Canadian soldier and moved to Canada, leaving Eric to live with his grandparents.
On his 13th birthday, Eric Clapton was given a Hoyer acoustic guitar.
In 1961, Eric Clapton began studying at the Kingston College of Art, but was asked to leave at the end of the year, as his passions lay with music, rather than art. He started to busk around London and at the age of 17, he joined an early British R&B band, The Roosters as well as a brief stint with Casey Jones & The Engineers.
Music Career: Eric Clapton joined The Yardbirds in 1963. The band was influenced by the likes of Bb King, Buddy Guy and Freddie King. Their popularity grew when they took over the Rolling Stones' residency at Richmond's Crawdaddy Club. Their first major hit, 'For Your Love' came in 1965, just before Clapton left the band. The song had been written by Graham Gouldman, who also wrote songs for Herman's Hermits and The Hollies. When Clapton left The Yardbirds, he was replaced by Jeff Beck (Jimmy Page had already turned down the offer).
Clapton then joined John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, drawing worldwide attention to his guitar playing on Blues Breakers.
In July 1966, Eric Clapton left the Bluesbreakers (he was replaced by Peter Green). He went on to form Cream, with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Though Clapton was still highly regarded as a guitarist, the emergence of Jimi Hendrix stole a little of his limelight. During his time in Cream, Eric Clapton collaborated with George Harrison of The Beatles, playing on Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'.
After Cream split, Clapton formed Blind Faith with Steve Winwood (of the band Traffic), Ginger Baker and Ric Grech (of the band Family). They released just one self-titled LP and the band was relatively short-lived. Eric Clapton stepped away from the limelight for a time, playing with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, as well as The Plastic Ono Band.
Eric Clapton released his debut solo album, entitled Eric Clapton in 1970. He then went on to form Derek and the Dominoes with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. It was during this time that he penned one of his biggest hits, 'Layla'. Much of his material written at this time is said to have been inspired by his unrequited affection for George Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd. Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers played guitar for the Layla album.
For some time in the 1970s, Eric Clapton withdrew from public performance. In 1973, Pete Townsend of The Who organised a comeback concert for him.
Eric Clapton's 1974 album 461 Ocean Boulevard featured Marcella Detroit of Shakespear's Sister and contained a cover of Bob Marley's 'I Shot the Sheriff'.
During the 1980s, Eric Clapton continued to perform and record with a number of high-profile musicians. In 1984, her performed on Roger Waters' (of Pink Floyd) solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. He also had two albums produced by Phil Collins (formerly of Genesis), 1985's Behind the Sun and 1986's August. The latter album featured 'Tearing Us Apart' with Tina Turner.
One of Eric Clapton's best-known albums, Journeyman, was released, featuring appearances from Mick Jones, Chaka Khan and Daryl Hall.
On Eric Clapton's 1990 tour, Steve Ray Vaughan (his guitarist at the time) and two members of their road crew were killed in a helicopter crash whilst traveling between concerts.
Two years later, Eric Clapton performed at Madison Square Garden in New York for Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary concert, along with Steve Cropper, Tom Petty and Neil Young. On his 1994 album From the Cradle, Eric Clapton played revised versions of old blues standards. At the end of the century, Clapton could be found collaborating with B.B. King and Carlos Santana.
The next millennium continued to be a prolific one for Eric Clapton as he continued to perform and collaborate with the likes of Ravi Shankar, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Jeff Lynne (at a tribute to George Harrison) and released two albums full of covers of Robert Johnson covers. In October 2009, Eric Clapton was chosen as one of the performers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert along with U2, Van Morrison and Jeff Beck.
Eric Clapton has praised Justin Bieber for making music with "substance".
The 71-year-old musician is an icon thanks to his hit tracks such as Layla, I Shot the Sheriff and Tears in Heaven. Over the years though, he has been usurped by stars such as Justin, with even Eric's daughters, who range in age from 11 to 14, fans of the 22-year-old.
However, when Eric heard some of Justin's more recent hits, such as Sorry and Love Yourself, he changed his opinion about the former child star.
"I was, I suppose, a little bit disappointed that they were talking about him, until I heard the music," he told the Associated Press. "It's got some substance now."
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Eric Clapton was reportedly reprimanded by police for speeding after being pulled over.
The rocker, 71, was travelling in his Porsche car in Surrey, England on Tuesday (26Apr16) when a police officer forced him to stop at a service station.
The former Cream guitarist, who lives in a Surrey mansion near to his birthplace of Ripley, was driving in the area on the A3 dual carriageway road - which has a speed limit of 40mph - when reprimanded by officers. It is not known what speed the rocker was driving at.
"Suddenly Eric Clapton arrived at the petrol station," an onlooker tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper. "It was very funny because we all thought he was there to be part of the film, but then a police car pulled up.
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Singer Rita Coolidge has claimed songwriting credit for Eric Clapton's hit Layla in her new memoir.
Coolidge insists she should have received publishing royalties for the rock classic, which was recorded by Clapton under the name Derek and the Dominos.
In her soon-to-be-published memoir, Delta Lady, the star claims she had a significant hand in writing Layla, but was never credited, and the royalties were split between Clapton and co-writer Jim Gordon.
In an excerpt from the book, published by the Miami Herald and obtained by UltimateClassicRock.com, Coolidge states she and Gordon, who were once lovers, collaborated on a song titled Time (Don't Let the World Get in Our Way). The track was played for Clapton.
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Eric Clapton's much-anticipated new album I Still Do will feature the guitar great's late love rival George Harrison.
The former Beatle will appear on the track I Will Be There as Angelo Mysterioso, a pseudonym Harrison used throughout his solo career.
George first used the moniker when co-writing the song Badge for the 1969 Cream album Goodbye, according to Billboard.com.
The new Clapton album has another link to the Beatles - the cover art was created by Sir Peter Blake, who contributed to the Fab Four's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve.
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Model-turned-singer Carla Bruni Is To Front A New Car Ad In Which She'll Portray The French National Soccer Team Coach.
The nation's former First Lady, who famously romanced Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, has teamed up with bosses at U.S. carmaker Ford to star in the new brand-promoting video.
Ford France's external relations director Fabrice Devanlay tells Reuters the company's bosses are aware they might divide car fans by hiring ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife to front their new campaign, but he insists it's worth the risk.
He says, "Sure there's a risk, because she is marked by the political side of her marital status, but her international celebrity is an incredible driver for the visibility of our campaign."
Eric Clapton is well known as a pioneering and influential guitarist who has released numerous albums over his 53 year career, becoming the only rocker to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, winning a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his involvement in the band Cream and even landing an OBE and later CBE at Buckingham Palace. As a solo artist he's topped charts both in the UK and US with albums such as 1974's '461 Ocean Boulevard' and 1994's 'From the Cradle', and has brought the world to their feet with such songs as 'I Shot the Sheriff', 'Wonderful Tonight', 'Tears in Heaven', 'Layla' and 'Change the World'. He took the best of his extensive back catalogue to The Royal Albert Hall in London earlier this year, in celebration of his 70th birthday, and proved he certainly hasn't lost it.
The Clapton version will be included in band’s upcoming reissue of their ‘Sticky Fingers’ album.
The Rolling Stones have shared a previously unheard version of classic track ‘Brown Sugar’, featuring Eric Clapton on guitar. The alternate take was made public just days before it appears on the reissue of the band’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which hits on June 8th.
The Rolling Stones are reissuing Sticky Fingers later this month.
The version was said to have been recorded during a birthday party for Keith Richards and saxophone player Bobby Keys and has been cleaned up for the reissue. The cut also features Al Kooper on piano in place of Ian Stewart, whose version appears on Sticky Fingers.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's Elder Brother, Who Has Not Been Seen In Public For More Than Three Years, Was Spotted Out And About In London This Week (Beg18may15) - Attending An Eric Clapton Concert.
Kim Jong-chul is thought to have been hiding from the public gaze since he was taken out of the leadership succession when Jong-un rose to power in December, 2011.
However, in a bizarre development, he was spotted cheering, clapping, and singing along at a show by the Wonderful Tonight hitmaker at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday (20May15).
Cameras also caught footage of Jong-chul back at the venue for another Clapton gig on Thursday (21May15).
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King died at the age of 89 on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.
Tributes from the wold of music and beyond have poured in for blues legend B.B. King who died on Thursday in Las Vegas aged 89. King will be remembered as one of the pioneers of blues music as well as for his trademark guitar playing style, which has influenced generations of musicians.
Tributes have been paid to King by some of the biggest names in music.
King’s longtime friend, Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy led the tributes with a heartfelt message posted on his Instagram page. “This morning, I come to you all with a heavy heart,” he wrote. “Bb King was the greatest guy I ever met. The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to the whole guitar playin’ world."
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Eric Clapton And Zz Top Star Billy Gibbons Have Added Their Tributes To Fellow Guitar Great B.b. King Following His Death On Thursday (14may15).
The blues icon passed away in Las Vegas, aged 89, and his famous friends and fans have taken to social media to say goodbye.
Clapton, who collaborated with King on the 2000 album Riding With the King, posted a video message on his Facebook page on Friday (15May15) and said, "I just want to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend B.B. King. I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years, and for the friendship that we enjoyed."
And he urged new King fans to check out the guitarist's B.b. King: Live at the Regal album, adding, "(It) is where it really started for me as a young player."
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Date of birth
30th March, 1945
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