Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton



Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.[1] Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"[2] and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time".[3] He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.[4]

In the mid-1960s Clapton left the Yardbirds to play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop".[5] After Cream broke up, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. Clapton's solo career began in the 1970s, where his work bore the influence of the mellow style of J. J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach a mass market.[6] Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded with Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven", which was featured on his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004 he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.[7][8][9] He has received four Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his solo career, Clapton has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.[10] In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.[11]



Change the World
"Change the World" is a song written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick whose best-known version was recorded by the British recording artist Eric Clapton for the soundtrack of the 1996 film, Phenomenon.
Dire Straits
Tears in Heaven
"Tears in Heaven" is a song by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings, from the 1991 Rush film soundtrack.

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Ed Sheeran - Layla (with Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) Live Video
  –  January 5, 2018
Ed Sheeran performs a stunning rendition of Eric Clapton's stellar 1970 hit 'Layla' with Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra during Jools' 25th annual Hootenanny on BBC Two during New Year's Eve. 'Layla' was originally recorded the blues rock band ...
Majestic Theater presents the Legendary Darlene Love
  –  January 5, 2018
The New York Times raved ..." Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics." Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm ...
John McLaughlin: What People Call Jazz These Days - That's Not Jazz!
  –  January 5, 2018
I wanted intensity - I wanted blood on the floor! "When I heard Eric Clapton for the first time, the sound and intensity was in line with what I was thinking about. I got to know Eric in '62-'63, and after that when he was playing with John Mayall.
Music Notes: Estuarie, Leonard Blush, Harlot Party to perform in Athens this week
  –  January 5, 2018
The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. A “rockin' blues” trio, Leonard Blush is influenced by the likes of Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and B.B. King. Hailing from Atlanta, the band will perform at The Office ...
BBC - Music - Review of John Mayall - Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton
  –  January 4, 2018
...remains just about the defining argument as to why Clapton really was once, God. Chris Jones 2007 Tired of a creeping tendency towards pop territory that was happening in his old band, the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton was after one thing alone: the blues.
Is Social Media As Addictive As Cocaine?
  –  January 4, 2018
Much like how Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground wrote the song “Heroin” and Eric Clapton gave us “Cocaine,” we shudder to think that there could be a time when the rock stars of tomorrow start writing whiny, little tunes about their fiendish ...
Miami Musicians Talk the City's Musical Brain Drain
  –  January 4, 2018
He describes the way Eric Clapton felt when he first saw Jimi Hendrix play. The young American, who was visiting England for the first time, was invited onstage at a Cream show and played a rendition of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" that was so fast and ...
Martin Guitar to Debut Fifth Collaboration with Grammy Award-Winning Artist John Mayer at Winter NAMM 2018
  –  January 4, 2018
Starting out as an acoustic rock performer, Mayer later turned his focus to blues, his first musical inspiration, and collaborated with blues legends B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Mayer went on to form the John Mayer Trio who's first two album releases ...
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Isn’t Getting Out of Its Own Way Anytime Soon
  –  January 4, 2018
Less than 20 percent of the Rock Hall’s 200-plus inductees are British or European, and the ones who have gotten in are no-brainers who emulated American blues and rock to forge their own humungous names: The Stones, The Beatles, multiple Eric Clapton ...
Fantastically flash, inscrutably cool: How the Yardbirds shaped rock'n'roll
  –  January 3, 2018
They had Eric Clapton. They had Jeff Beck. They had Jimmy Page. In the late 60s, no other band could get close to them. And without The Yardbirds, there would be no Led Zeppelin Saturday night in New York: March 30, 1968 – the summer of hate almost upon us.
Music fans to get front row seats to Eric Clapton at Princes Quay's Vue
  –  January 3, 2018
Music fans will be able to enjoy an intimate evening with a legendary guitarist thanks to Vue cinemas. Next week, a film celebrating 18-time Grammy Award-winning performer Eric Clapton will be streamed live to Vue Cinema in Princes Quay shopping centre.
Beers and Brass, yes, please
  –  January 3, 2018
The latter, originally published in 1923, might be more widely recognized in the cover version by English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Eric Clapton. Fellow quintet trumpeter Jason Adams has prepared two other tunes, one being "We'll Meet ...
Eric Clapton to headline British Summer Time 2018: Book tickets now
  –  January 3, 2018
Eric Clapton has been annunced to perform at British Summer Time 2018 festival in Hyde Park next year. The legendary guitarist is the latest star to join the festival series' line-up, following Roger Waters, Bruno Mars and Michael Bublé. Clapton will top ...
Albert Lee Band plays Hartford’s Infinity Music Hall, Fairfield Theatre Company and Old Saybrook’s The Kate
  –  January 3, 2018
Albert Lee grew up in London, where he used to hang out with Jimmy Page. Over the years he’s made music with everyone from Paul McCartney to Eric Clapton. “Jimmy Page and I met when we were 16 or 17,” Lee said in a phone interview. “I played in the ...
Blues Beat: Start the new year off with more blues
  –  January 3, 2018
He is back at the Infinity Music Hall Norfolk stage on Friday. Earl has performed with such greats as Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, and one of his favorite bands, The Allman Brothers. He performs with an intensity that hasn’t ...
Top 10: Catch a screening of Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, register for the New Year Total Body Rollout at Bodytree Studio, and more
  –  January 2, 2018
Catch a screening of the film Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars as part of the Diff365@Vox Cinemas series. Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, this personal look into the life of the Grammy Award-winning musician gives a behind-the-scenes account of his evolution as ...
‘Got Soul’: Robert Randolph Talks Grammy Nomination, Artistic Inspiration
  –  January 2, 2018
The renowned pedal steel guitarist—who’s already collaborated with such legends as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Santana—is merely taking the next step in his journey toward becoming of the genre’s most spiritual and accomplished artists.
Ed Sheeran Covers Eric Clapton's 'Layla' & Sings 'Perfect' on Jools Holland's 25th Annual Hootenanny
  –  January 2, 2018
Before ending the year cozy on a couch, Ed Sheeran took his guitar to Jools Holland's 25th annual Hootenanny for a performance of his Billboard Hot 100-topping hit "Perfect" and an Eric Clapton cover. His performance this year included another cover ...
Eric Clapton opens up – even on his bizarre racist period
  –  January 2, 2018
The name Zanuck carries weight in the movie business. The producer Daryl F Zanuck, an Oscar winner for All About Eve, was head of production at 20th Century Fox. His son Richard, also a Fox supremo, produced Jaws, The Verdict and Cocoon. When, in 1978 ...
Ed Sheeran Performs Awesome Cover Of Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’
  –  January 1, 2018
Ed Sheeran put his magic touch on a live cover of Eric Clapton’s song “Layla”. RELATED: Ed Sheeran Is Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artist Of 2017, Celebrates By Teaching Singing Gingerbread Man A Fatal (But Tasty!) Lesson The 1971 classic was written ...
The Dish: Who was seen where in 2017 in Greenwich
  –  January 1, 2018
Greenwich Town Party will feature legendary guitarist and Grammy Award winning musician Eric Clapton as the headliner on May 26. And that’s all for now.
Ed Sheeran, king of angsty love songs, absolutely crushes cover of Eric Clapton's 'Layla'
  –  January 1, 2018
There's no song on earth that better captures the agony of unrequited love than Eric Clapton's "Layla". And, Ed Sheeran—king of angsty songs about love—is the only person on earth equipped to cover it. The 1971 song was written about Clapton's then ...
'I should have died a long time ago': The terrifying drink and drug abuse. His 'disgusting' racism. And the appalling loss of his son.... the legendary guitarist Eric Clapton ...
  –  December 30, 2017
Drunken violence, racist abuse, flagrant drug-taking and ‘disgusting’ behaviour. Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars is not your usual brand-bolstering music movie. In one of many shocking confessions in the film, Clapton admits, ‘The only reason I didn ...
Moving Eric Clapton documentary to show in Dubai
  –  December 27, 2017
A music documentary about Eric Clapton, directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck, will show at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates as part of Diff 365. It will run from December 28 until January 10. Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars delves deeply into Clapton ...
Eric Clapton documentary to screen at DIFF 365
  –  December 26, 2017
‘Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars’ is the next film to feature at Vox Cinemas as part of the year-round world cinema showcase, DIFF365@VOX. Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), the film is an unflinching and deeply ...
Lili Fini Zanuck's 'Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars' documents musician's darkest days
  –  November 22, 2017
Rock fans everywhere know that Eric Clapton honed his blues guitar chops so finely in the 1960s that fans dubbed him “God” and persevered through multiple addictions, tragic personal loss and the awkward experience of falling in love with his best ...

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