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Eric Clapton (30.3.1945)
Eric Clapton is a British blues and rock guitarist, songwriter, singer and composer.
Eric Clapton: 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.
Eric Clapton: 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.
27th June 2014 -
Guitar legend Eric Clapton has announced he’s might be quitting touring after over 50 years on the road. The 69 year revealed in a recent interview with Uncut magazine that touring had become “unbearable” and...
27th June 2014 -
It’s tough, travelling the world to entertain hundreds of thousands of people at sold out venues, especially when you’re approaching 70. And that’s something guitar legend Eric Clapton is slowly starting to realise.Eric Clapton might...
23rd June 2014 -
Eric Clapton has apologised for storming off at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, while fans of the rock legend have demanded refunds on their tickets – some of which cost up to £125 – despite missing just...
23rd June 2014 -
Eric Clapton was forced to apologize to his fans for walking out of a concert in mid-performance.The rock legend left the sold-out crowd at Glasgow's SSE Hydro very angry after by storming off the stage...
2nd May 2014 -
Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on Clapton was profound,...
29th April 2014 -
Ed Sheeran has hit out at the Backstreet Boys for playing new music at their reunion shows instead of classic hits. The 'Sing' hitmaker slammed the 90s US boyband - made up of Brian Littrell,...
24th April 2014 -
It's that time of year again where New Orleans go all out to prove they are one of the most culturally rich cities in North America with their annual two-weekend event, the New Orleans Jazz...
25th March 2014 -
Cream's Jack Bruce ''fell out of love'' with recording. The group's former bassist and singer - whose band included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker - has now released his first solo album in...
29th July 2013 -
The legendary singer/songwriter JJ Cale passed away in a California hospital on Friday (26 July) after suffering a heart attack at his nearby home, leaving behind a legacy that wont soon be forgotten. The Grammy-winning...
28th July 2013 -
The legendary artist JJ Cale passed away on Friday 26 July, an announcement made on his official website stated earlier this week. The man behind the Tulsa Sound, which blended blues, rockabilly, and country music...
27th July 2013 -
JJ Cale, the infamous songwriter and musician responsible for Eric Clapton’s After Midnight and Cocaine, died yesterday (Friday, July 26) at the old age of 74, Reuters reports. Cale, who had a respectable performing career...
16th July 2013 -
A week in music videos... Manic Street Preachers teamed up with Richard Hawley for the nostalgic title track from their upcoming new album 'Rewind The Film'. It has that classic Preachers mix of anthemic melodies...
16th July 2013 -
For those of you who didn’t manage to get to Crossroads – Eric Clapton’s guitar-fest – you needn’t fear, as the legend himself will be taking footage from the festival and making it available to...
16th July 2013 -
The Crossroads Guitar Festival hit Madison Square Garden in April this year with tickets selling out in the blink of an eye. It's no wonder either, with some of the best guitarists in music history...
15th April 2013 -
Albums of Note... Bonobo, aka Simon Green, may not have found instant stardom in his career but his work is characterised by a steady progress that is reflected in his tracks. North Borders is the...
15th April 2013 -
BB King and Eric Clapton jam at Crossroads Guitar FestivalEric Clapton, BB King and John Mayer were among some of genius performers at Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival last weekend.It was a blues infused weekend...
1st March 2013 -
Guitar great Eric Clapton relaxes between gigs whenever he is on tour in America by hitting the local laundromat.The rocker stunned fans in 2011 when a Wenn paparazzo caught him taking care of his own...
18th December 2012 -
A mixed week for US albums releases; old classics given an airing, a major movie soundtrack launched and hip-hop artists new and old having a stab at chart success. Currently, the top of the US...
12th December 2012 -
Nirvana reunification for Wednesday night's special Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden will see Paul McCartney fill the boots of the late Kurt Cobain. Nirvana's Dave Grohl asked McCartney to join him and...
30th November 2012 -
Florence Welch was the latest surprise guest to appear on stage with dinosaur rockers The Rolling Stones during their run of shows at The O2 in London, when the Florence and the Machine front-woman joined...
29th October 2012 -
Divorces can be a hard time, especially if you're Ronnie Wood and you have to sell off a boatload of your stuff to pay for it, as was the case yesterday when the veteran rocker...
13th October 2012 -
An abstract painting by the famed German artist Gerhard Richter, was sold at auction yesterday for a record-breaking price after a telephone bidding war ended in the piece, called Abstraktes Bild, being sold for just...
17th February 2010 -
Rolling Stone magazine editors have landed guitar greats ERIC CLAPTON and JEFF BECK's first joint interview.The two Brits agreed to chat to the publication's David Fricke on the eve of their first-ever co-headlining tour, and...
17th November 2009 -
GEORGE HARRISON's ex-wife PATTI BOYD will always regret leaving her husband for rocker ERIC CLAPTON - insisting it has taken "a lot of psychotherapy" for her to bury the past.Boyd married the late Beatle in...
19th May 2009 -
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