Eric Clapton, guitarist
Singer ~ Songwriter
Yardbirds ~ Cream ~ Derek & the Dominos
birth name: Eric Patrick Clapton

Eric Clapton

March 30, 1945, Surrey, England

“I just managed to convince my grandmother that it was a worth while that was something to do, you know, and when I did finally get the guitar, it didn't seem that difficult to me, to be able to make a good noise out of it.” ~ Eric Clapton

Except for a rare appearance at Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh (where he proceeded to nod off mid-solo), the guitarist spent the better part of two years nursing his opiate demons in deepest suburban Surrey, and it would require his friend Pete Townshend taking it upon himself to book a special “comeback” concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre on Jan. 13, 1973, to drag Clapton back under the spotlight. Once there, he found himself affectionately supported for a pair of sold-out sets on one night by Townshend, former Blind Faith partners Steve Winwood and {artist rich-grech}, Traffic‘s Jim Capaldi and Ron Wood. […] Clapton would gradually find his way forward once again toward a broadly celebrated solo career carried by innumerable mainstream triumphs - all of which may have fallen into the “what if?” category of rock ‘n’ roll drug casualties were it not for the musical intervention undertaken on his behalf by way of the Rainbow Concert. ~ Ultimate Classic Rock; The Story Of Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert ~ January 13, 2016 © Ultimate Classic Rock

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March 30, 1985 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) REO Speedwagon, Can't Fight This Feeling ~ #2 (2) Madonna, Material Girl ~ #1 (3) Phil Collins, One More Night


Eric Clapton's beloved "Blackie," a customized Fifties Fender Stratocaster, is actually assembled from parts of three Strats the guitarist bought at a Nashville shop in the Seventies. After Clapton retired the guitar in the mid-Eighties, it brought a then-record $959,500 in 2004 at an auction supporting Crossroads, the guitarist's rehab center. ~ Rolling Stone: 20 Iconic Guitars, Eric Clapton/Blackie ~ May 23, 2012 © Rolling Stone

Eric Clapton ~ Ranked #2 Rolling Stone Greatest Guitarists in 2011 ~ There was a basic simplicity to his playing, his style, his vibe and his sound. He took a Gibson guitar and plugged it into a Marshall, and that was it. The basics. The blues. His solos were melodic and memorable - and that's what guitar solos should be, part of the song. ~ 2011 © Rolling Stone

In 1995 two songs by Eric Clapton made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ After Midnight ~ Tears In Heaven

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Aretha Franklin ~ Lady Soul (1968) ~ Ranked #85 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Released in a year of triumph and turbulence for Franklin: Although she made the cover of Time, the magazine reported details of her rocky marriage to Ted White, then her manager. But Franklin channeled that frenzy into performances of funky pride and magisterial hurt. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds

some band info might not apply to Clapton

Although the British rock and roll scene of the 1960s introduced bands more popular and longer-lived than the Yardbirds, only a few can match that august quintet for their lasting influence. Extant only from 1963 to 1968, the Yardbirds were crucial to the development of rock and roll from its roots in rhythm and blues to its growth into psychedelia and heavy metal. At the heart of the band's distinctive sound were three of rock's most gifted guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Each shouldered lead guitar duties during the band's brief history - Beck and Page simultaneously at one point - and their technical innovations, as well as the prominence they have achieved since, have combined to create a Yardbirds legacy that has lasted considerably longer than the band itself. ~ Musicianguide: The Yardbirds ~ retrieved January 9, 2014 © Musicianguide

The Yardbirds ~ Ranked #89 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “Listen to Somebody, a song I wrote for Aerosmith's first album: It's all from the Yardbirds. They were the shit to us, out of all the British bands in the Sixties. The Yardbirds were a bit of a mystery. They had an eclecticism - the Gregorian chant-ness of the vocals, the melodic diversity, the way they used guitar feedback. I loved that weirdness.” ~ Steven Tyler, Aerosmith ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds ~ Shapes Of Things ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.


In 1993 Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame; Clapton, Baker, and Bruce reunited to perform three songs at the ceremonies. In 2005, the volatile trio again reemerged for sell-out performances from their legendary catalog at a four-date show in early May at London's Royal Albert Hall and a two-date show in late October at New York's Madison Square Garden, but the tensions resurfaced and Clapton and Baker later said there would be no more reunions. The following February, Cream won a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. ~ Rolling Stone: Cream ~ retrieved October 23, 2013 © Rolling Stone

Cream ~ Inducted in the 1993 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Driven by thoughts of moving from straight blues into a new kind of pop music – one that took note of directions emerging from London’s underground scene – Baker approached Clapton about forming a band. Clapton’s sole proviso was that Jack Bruce must be the bassist. As rock’s first “supergroup,” Cream aimed to break new ground, according to Clapton in an interview from that time, “What we want to do is anything that people haven’t done before,” he said. In actuality, the group remained grounded in the blues while expanding the vocabulary of rock with extended improvisations during their live shows and forays into psychedelia on record. ~ 1993 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 1995 two songs by Cream made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Crossroads ~ Sunshine Of Your Love

Derek & the Dominos

Derek & the Dominos ~ Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) ~ #62 Entertainment Weekly 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 1993.

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