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Eric Clapton

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Eric Clapton

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Full Name:

Eric Patrick Clapton

Born:

March 30, 1945

Birthplace:

Ripley, Surrey, England

Quote:

"It's been very important throughout my career that I've met all the guys I've copied, because at each stage they've said, 'Don't play like me, play like you.'"

Significant Facts:

  • 41 albums, 30 singles as a solo artist
  • Self-taught guitarist, joined first band at age 17
  • Heavily influenced by blues, credits guitar ability to copying B.B. King
  • Nicknamed "Slowhand" by the Yardbirds' manager because of his laid back guitar style
  • Career History:

    Before beginning his legendary career as a solo artist in 1970, Clapton had stints with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Delaney & Bonnie.

    More than half of his solo albums have reached the Top 20 in the U.S., three of them going to #1. He was featured on The Beatles' White Album and co-wrote with George Harrison, whose wife, Pattie left him for Clapton.

    Essential CD:

    Eric Clapton with Delaney & Bonnie
    After the breakup of Cream, Clapton wanted to get out of the spotlight, and signed on as a sideman for Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. Delaney Bramlett's encouragement led to this, Clapton's first solo album, released in 1970.
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