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] Furthermore, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. For most of the 1970s Clapton's output 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] In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.[10]



Change the World
"Change the World" is a pop and R&B 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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Watch John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards Play "Yer Blues"
  –  October 17, 2017
When you're John Lennon, you can be in any band you want. Clapton fills space in the song with little licks and stabs, then takes a proper solo after the third or fourth turnaround. Hearing Slowhand and Lennon work together on guitar is fascinating.
6 stunning John Lennon songs to play on his birthday
  –  October 17, 2017
While Lennon appeared alongside Yoko Ono for a strange performance and Mick Jagger for a bizarre comedy sketch, his standout — and, perhaps, the entire event’s standout — was a one-off supergroup formed with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Jimi ...
Scott Gorham: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Les Paul
  –  October 17, 2017
Can you remember the first Les Paul you ever saw? The first one I saw was Eric Clapton's. It was on TV, on one of those American entertainment programmes. I think I was 15 years old. I loved his playing anyway, but when I saw it was a Les Paul he was ...
Historic Eric Clapton Strat: “The Heir to Blackie” Goes on Sale
  –  October 17, 2017
In 2004, when Eric Clapton’s coveted black Fender Stratocaster, “Blackie,” sold at Christies at a then-record-breaking price of $959,500, the guitar world was astounded. That Strat was Clapton’s favorite “sidekick” for more than 15 years and ...
Paul Maged: Comedian Turned Rocker Releases New EP
  –  October 17, 2017
Josh Helmuth is an editor for Crave and a longtime music lover whose first record was Eric Clapton. However, his first concert? That choice he will take to the grave. Listen to and purchase Light Years Away by Paul Maged here.
5 Killer Pieces of Rock History Up for Auction Now (Including Prince’s Guitar)
  –  October 17, 2017
First sold in 1986, the piece of wood in this frame reportedly came from Studio Two, a recording space that hosted not only The Beatles (pictured), but Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and others. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is a Chicago graduate ...
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB sells for $10 million
  –  October 17, 2017
All share certificates are the same, but blipping a V12 with the same accelerator pedal used by Fangio, or holding the same handlebars once gripped by Mike Hailwood, or strumming a few chords on one of Eric Clapton's guitars before bedtime adds some real ...
It’s the 25th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
  –  October 16, 2017
Broadcast live in a syndicated radio program and later released as an album and concert video, the concert culminated in a megajam: Dylan joining forces with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Roger McGuinn, and Tom Petty for “My Back Pages.”
Today in Music History: CBGB closes its doors
  –  October 16, 2017
It is the last novelty song to top the Hot 100. 1986 - Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Robert Cray joined other artists on stage in St Louis, Mo., for Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert. 1991 - Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked off their "Blood Sugar Sex ...
Little Richard’s First Recording, CCR Breaks Up, CBGB Closes: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
  –  October 16, 2017
Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Walsh, Julian Lennon, and Keith Richards were among artists paying tribute to rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry at the Fox Theater in St. Louis tonight in 1986, two days before his 60th birthday. The concert was filmed and ...
Feeling and Memory – Deep Tracks Vol. 1
  –  October 16, 2017
Artists like Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Emmylou Harris, and Paul Butterfield, just to name a few, make an appearance. “It Makes No Difference” was first sung on ...
Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week
  –  October 16, 2017
It’s the sort of low-investment play on nostalgia a crew this talented should’ve been able to assemble more regularly over the past decade or so, the rap equivalent of Eric Clapton firing off some blues covers. (“If What You Say Is True” even ...
Pixies Guitarist Joey Santiago Has a Slower Hand Than Eric Clapton
  –  October 15, 2017
Joey Santiago, lead guitarist for alt-rock band the Pixies, was never into playing fast. He says it’s just too much work. “There were enough people doing it,” Santiago says of the guitar shredders. “I wasn’t going to join that bandwagon at all.
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars Trailer (2017)
  –  October 15, 2017
Trailer for the documentary Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, which screened at Doc NYC Film Festival. For Eric Clapton, blues music made a strong impression at a young age: ‘It was always one man with his guitar versus the world. He was completely alone ...
14 one-hit-wonder celebrities who ended up with entirely different careers
  –  October 14, 2017
The guitarist has led quite a lengthy career in rock and roll, working with acts and artists like Dolly Parton, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, and others as a session guitarist. Claim to fame: McKellar acted alongside her sister Danica in the ...
Six-string king: The endangered electric guitar is a way of life for Joe Bonamassa
  –  October 14, 2017
Instead, the young “Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa” spun the influence of British blues-rock guitar heroes of the ’60s — Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Rory Gallagher — along with some Stevie Ray Vaughan into his sound. Bonamassa released ...
Julien's Auctions announces Icons & Idols: Rock 'n' Roll sale
  –  October 14, 2017
The Allman Brothers, The Beatles, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Jefferson Starship, Elton John, Madonna, Ziggy Marley, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Nirvana, Pink Floyd ...
Martin Guitar take center stage at Bucknell event
  –  October 13, 2017
Eric Clapton has a litany of Martins. Boak worked on at least 11 guitar projects with Clapton over the years. “Johnny Cash,” Boak begins. “Early in his career, he ordered a black guitar from Martin.” The order wasn’t one the company’s chairman ...
Interview: PP Arnold on releasing her “lost” recordings with Eric Clapton and Barry Gibb
  –  October 13, 2017
Even if you haven’t heard of PP Arnold, you have almost certainly heard her mighty soul voice on a host of classic recordings over the years, from Nick Drake’s Poor Boy to Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer to The KLF’s 3am Eternal and What Time Is Love?
Why Tom Petty’s Music Will Endure
  –  October 13, 2017
He was never considered a genius-level guitarist like Eric Clapton or a genius-level lyricist like Bob Dylan. And he never used his musical celebrity to become an international social and political activist like U2’s Bono. All he did was write ...
  –  October 13, 2017
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Joni Mitchell Says Battle with Rare Morgellons Disease Makes Her Feel Like She's Being 'Eaten Alive'
  –  October 12, 2017
Though reasonably happy throughout the '60s—Harrison wrote the classic track "Something" in her honor—their marriage began to deteriorate by the end of the decade, around the same time he became close friends with fellow guitar god Eric Clapton.
Musician John Mayall finally joins old bandmate Eric Clapton in list of legendary rockers who've played Victoria Hall
  –  October 11, 2017
He is known as the ‘Godfather of the Blues’ and has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton and Mick Fleetwood. Now legendary musician John Mayall is coming to the Victoria Hall in Hanley as part of his latest tour, which coincides with the release of ...
Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars To Screen At Miami And British Film Festivals
  –  October 9, 2017
ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS will screen at both the Miami Film Festival and the Cunard British Film Festival this month. The documentary will make it's television debut on Showtime on February 10, 2018. The Miami Film Festival screening happens October ...
A new documentary beautifully captures how Eric Clapton lived the blues
  –  October 9, 2017
Eric Clapton: A Life in Twelve Bars premiered at this year’s Toronto film festival, moving a customarily restrained audience to a standing ovation. Made by the irrepressible Lili Fini Zanuck, an industry legend and only the second woman to have won a ...
Sky Daddy pays tribute to Eric Clapton
  –  October 8, 2017
Sky Daddy is getting ready to perform his fifth Eric Clapton tribute show next week but this show is going to be different than the others he’s done, he said. Sky Conwell (Sky Daddy) said he’s been a Clapton fan ever since he was a kid. “I grew up on ...
Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow: Goodbye Tom Petty
  –  October 4, 2017
Tributes and expressions of mourning from fellow musicians continued to pour in Tuesday for rocker Tom Petty, who died at UCLA Medical Center hours after suffering a heart attack at his home in Malibu. Petty suffered cardiac arrest early Monday morning and ...
Toronto Film Review: ‘Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars’
  –  September 27, 2017
Eric Clapton, Sylvia Clapton, Ben Palmer, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, John Mayall, Mike Vernon, Roger Waters, Hughie Flint, Tom Dowd, Duane Allman, Ahmet Ertegan, Charlotte Martin, Pattie Boyd, Steve Winwood, Cathy James, Steve Turner, Jamie Oldaker, George ...

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