Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

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Eric Clapton (born Eric Patrick Clapton in Ripley, Surrey, England on 30 March 1945), nicknamed "Slowhand", is a Grammy Award winning English composer, singer and guitarist who became one of the most respected artists of the rock era, winning three inductions into the rock and roll hall of fame. Clapton's musical style has changed during his career, but has remained rooted in the blues. Clapton is credited as an innovator in several phases of his career, which have included blues-rock with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds (1963-1965)... More Info »

Top Albums

  • The Cream Of Clapton
    The Cream Of Clapton
  • Unplugged
    Unplugged
  • Complete Clapton
    Complete Clapton
  • Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton
    Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton
  • Clapton Chronicles
    Clapton Chronicles
  • Tears in Heaven
    Tears in Heaven
  • Classic Eric Clapton
    Classic Eric Clapton
  • Slowhand
    Slowhand
  • Time Pieces: The Best Of Eric Clapton
    Time Pieces: The Best Of Eric Clapton
  • Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert
    Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert
  • Journeyman
    Journeyman
  • 461 Ocean Boulevard
    461 Ocean Boulevard
  • From the Cradle
    From the Cradle
  • Eric Clapton
    Eric Clapton
  • Pilgrim
    Pilgrim
  • Blues (disc 1)
    Blues (disc 1)
  • Crossroads
    Crossroads
  • Backless
    Backless
  • Me and Mr. Johnson
    Me and Mr. Johnson
  • Reptile
    Reptile
  • Time Pieces:  The Best Of Eric Clapton
    Time Pieces: The Best Of Eric Clapton
  • Money and Cigarettes
    Money and Cigarettes
  • Me & Mr. Johnson
    Me & Mr. Johnson
  • Behind the Sun
    Behind the Sun
  • The Best of Eric Clapton
    The Best of Eric Clapton
  • Back Home
    Back Home
  • August
    August
  • One More Car, One More Rider
    One More Car, One More Rider
  • Another Ticket
    Another Ticket
  • No Reason To Cry
    No Reason To Cry
  • There's One In Every Crowd
    There's One In Every Crowd
  • Crossroads 2 (Live In The Seventies)
    Crossroads 2 (Live In The Seventies)
  • The Best Of Eric Clapton 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
    The Best Of Eric Clapton 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
  • Sessions For Robert J EP
    Sessions For Robert J EP
  • Chronicles
    Chronicles
  • Eric Clapton Blues
    Eric Clapton Blues
  • Rush
    Rush
  • Just One Night
    Just One Night
  • 24 Nights (disc 1)
    24 Nights (disc 1)
  • 461 Ocean Blvd.
    461 Ocean Blvd.
  • E.C. Was Here
    E.C. Was Here
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric Clapton
    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric Clapton
  • Time Pieces: Best of Eric Clapton
    Time Pieces: Best of Eric Clapton
  • Sessions for Robert J
    Sessions for Robert J
  • 24 Nights
    24 Nights
  • From the Cradle to the Fillmore West (disc 1)
    From the Cradle to the Fillmore West (disc 1)
  • Slowhand / 461 Ocean Boulevard
    Slowhand / 461 Ocean Boulevard
  • Blues (disc 2)
    Blues (disc 2)

Eric Clapton. Artist Bio

Eric Clapton (born Eric Patrick Clapton in Ripley, Surrey, England on 30 March 1945), nicknamed "Slowhand", is a Grammy Award winning English composer, singer and guitarist who became one of the most respected artists of the rock era, winning three inductions into the rock and roll hall of fame.

Clapton's musical style has changed during his career, but has remained rooted in the blues. Clapton is credited as an innovator in several phases of his career, which have included blues-rock with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds (1963-1965), early single hit "Come With Me" by The Roosters, blues-hard rock (with Cream), and work as a sideman and a solo artist; he has achieved chart success in genres ranging from delta blues (Unplugged) and psychedelic rock (Sunshine of Your Love) to pop (Change the World) and reggae (I Shot the Sheriff).

Eric Clapton was a friend of George Harrison of the Beatles. It is believed that he wrote Layla about Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd, whom he married in 1979 after she divorced George Harrison. They divorced in 1988. Eric Clapton has also dated singers Marianne Faithfull and Rosanne Cash, actresses Patsy Kensit and Sharon Stone, and rock muses Cynrinda Fox and Geraldine Edwards, who was one of the inspirations for Penny Lane in Almost Famous. He is now married to Melia McEnry and has been since 2002. They have three daughters together.

Clapton formed relationships with different artists in his career. From his start in The Yardbirds, then journeying forward to Cream, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Derrek and the Dominoes, he is an extremely gifted musician. Clapton would go on to play lead guitar in Roger Waters' first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitchiking. All this while compiling hit after hit in his solo career, has made Clapton one of the most enduring guitarists of the classic rock era.

"Tears in Heaven" was written after his son's tragic death. It was co-written with Russ Titelman and acknowledged with a Grammy in 1993.

Most recently, Eric Clapton has organized a benefit concert in honor of Hubert Sumlin, the great bluesman, to take place at the Apollo Theater in New York on February 24, 2012. He will be joined by Jeff Beck, Keb Mo, Levon Helm, and Derek Trucks among others. Clapton is known to sponsor an array of charitable events and concerts. He has also established a rehabilitation clinic in Monserrat to help those with substance abuse problems.

Eric Clapton's most recent studio release, titled Clapton, was released on September 27, 2010 by Reprise. A live album titled Play The Blues Live At Lincoln Center performed with Wynton Marsellis was released on September 13, 2011 by Reprise. Eric Clapton is highly regarded as a premier musician, and continues to remain a force in music today.


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