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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 of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Brucein which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop".
Clapton's solo career began in the s, where his work bore the influence of the Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts style of J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's " I Shot the Sheriff " helped reggae reach a mass market. Following the death of his son Conor inClapton's grief was expressed in the song " Tears in Heaven ", which appeared on his Unplugged album. In his solo career, Clapton has sold Baroness - A Horse Called Golgotha than million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Doctor Robert - The Beatles - Euro Союз Presents Best of Beatles Mp3 of all time.
Clapton grew up believing that his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, Patricia's stepfather, were his parents, and that his mother was actually his older sister. The similarity in surnames gave rise to the erroneous belief that Clapton's real surname is Clapp Reginald Cecil Clapton was the name of Rose's first husband, Eric Clapton's maternal grandfather.
Clapton received an acoustic Hoyer guitarmade in Germany, for his thirteenth birthday, but the inexpensive steel-stringed instrument was difficult to play and he briefly lost interest. Inafter leaving Hollyfield School in SurbitonClapton studied at the Kingston College of Art but was dismissed at the end of the academic year because his focus remained on music rather than art. His guitar playing was so advanced that, by the age of 16, he was getting noticed. He stayed with this band from January until August In OctoberClapton joined the Yardbirds, a blues-influenced rock and roll band, and stayed with them until March KingClapton forged a distinctive style and rapidly became one of the most talked-about guitarists in the British music scene.
Yardbirds' rhythm guitarist, Chris Dreja Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts , recalled that whenever Clapton broke a guitar string during a concert, he would stay on stage and replace it. The English audiences would wait out the delay by doing what is called a " slow handclap ". Clapton's nickname of "Slowhand" came from Giorgio Gomelskya pun on the slow handclapping that ensued when Clapton stopped Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts while he replaced a string.
In MarchClapton and the Yardbirds had their first major hit, " For Your Love ", written by songwriter Graham Gouldmanwho also wrote hit songs for Herman's Hermits and the Hollies and would later achieve success of his own as a member of 10cc. In part because of its success, the Yardbirds elected to move toward a pop-oriented sound, much to Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts annoyance of Clapton, who was devoted to the blues and not commercial success.
He left the Yardbirds on the day that "For Your Love" went public, a move that left the band without its lead guitarist and most accomplished member. Clapton suggested fellow guitarist Jimmy Page as his replacement, but Page declined out of loyalty to Clapton,  putting Jeff Beck forward. They first appeared together on the date benefit tour for Action for Research into multiple sclerosis in with the first date taking place on 23 September at the Royal Albert Hall.
In the summer of he left for Greece with a band called the Glands, which included his old friend Ben Palmer on piano. In November he rejoined John Mayall.
In Marchwhile still a member of the Bluesbreakers, Clapton briefly collaborated on a side project with Jack Bruce and Steve Winwood among others, recording only a few tracks under the name Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse.
During his second Bluesbreakers stint, Clapton gained a reputation as the best blues guitarist on the club circuit. Although Clapton gained world fame for his playing on the influential album, Blues Breakers — John Mayall — Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts Eric Claptonthis album was not released until he had left the band for the last time in July Having swapped his Fender Telecaster and Vox AC30 amplifier for a Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar Space Between Your Moles - Majesty Crush - Sans Muscles Marshall amplifierClapton's sound and playing inspired the famous slogan " Clapton is God ", spray-painted by an unknown admirer on a wall in Islington in Clapton is reported to have been embarrassed by the slogan, saying in his The South Bank Show profile in"I never accepted that I was the greatest guitar player in the world.
I always wanted to be the greatest guitar player in the world, but that's an ideal, and I accept it as an ideal".
Clapton left the Bluesbreakers in July replaced by Peter Green and was invited by drummer Ginger Baker to play in his newly formed band Cream, one of the earliest supergroupswith Jack Bruce on bass Bruce was previously of the Bluesbreakers, the Graham Bond Organisation and Manfred Mann.
Cream established its enduring legend with the high-volume blues jamming and extended solos of their live shows. By earlyfans of the emerging blues-rock sound in the UK had begun to portray Clapton as Britain's top guitarist; however, he found Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts rivalled by the emergence of Jimi Hendrixan acid rock -infused guitarist Good Friends, Good Life - Kovcheg - Refine Me God / Russian Folk Songs used wailing feedback and effects pedals to create new sounds for the instrument.
Hendrix's arrival had an immediate and major effect on the next phase of Clapton's career. Clapton first visited the United States while touring with Cream. Clapton used the guitar for most of Cream's recordings after Fresh Creamparticularly on Disraeli Gearsuntil the band broke up in Cream's repertoire varied from hard rock " I Feel Free " to lengthy blues-based instrumental jams The Breakup Song - American Hi-Fi - The Art Of Losing Spoonful ".
Disraeli Gears contained Clapton's searing guitar lines, Bruce's soaring vocals and prominent, fluid bass playing, and Baker's powerful, polyrhythmic jazz-influenced drumming. Together, Cream's talents secured them as an influential power trio.
In 28 months, Cream had become a commercial success, selling millions of records and playing throughout the US and Europe. They redefined the instrumentalist's role in rock and were one of the first blues-rock bands to emphasise musical virtuosity Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts lengthy jazz-style improvisation sessions.
Though Cream were hailed as one of the greatest groups of its day, and the adulation of Clapton as a guitar legend reached new heights, the supergroup was short-lived. Drug and alcohol use escalated tension between the three members, and conflicts between Bruce and Baker eventually led to Cream's demise.
A strongly critical Rolling Stone review of a concert of the group's second headlining US tour was another significant factor in the trio's demise, and it affected Clapton profoundly. Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts farewell album, Goodbyecomprising live performances recorded at The ForumLos Angeles, on 19 Octoberwas released shortly after Cream disbanded.
It also spawned the studio single " Badge ", co-written by Clapton and George Harrison. Clapton met Harrison and became close friends with him after the Beatles shared a bill with the Clapton-era Yardbirds at the London Palladium.
Harrison's debut solo album, Wonderwall Musicbecame the first of many Harrison solo records to include Clapton on Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts . Clapton went largely uncredited for his contributions to Harrison's albums due to contractual restraints, and Harrison was credited as "L'Angelo Misterioso" for his contributions to the song "Badge" on Goodbye.
The pair would often play live together as each other's guest. A year after Harrison's death inClapton was musical director for the Concert for George. In Januarywhen the Beatles were recording and filming what became Let It Betensions became so acute that Harrison quit the The Dying Truth - Cianide - The Dying Truth for several days, prompting John Lennon to suggest they complete the project with Clapton if Harrison did not return.
Would Eric have become a Beatle? Paul [McCartney] didn't want to go there. He didn't want them to break up. Then George came back. Cream briefly reunited in to perform at the ceremony inducting them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The supergroup debuted beforefans in London's Hyde Park on 7 June The album's jacket image of a topless pubescent girl was deemed controversial in the US and was replaced by a photograph of the band.
Blind Faith dissolved after less than seven months. Clapton subsequently toured as a sideman for an act that had opened for Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. Delaney Bramlett encouraged Clapton in his singing and writing. Using the Bramletts' backing group and an all-star cast of session players including Leon Russell and Stephen StillsClapton recorded his first solo album during two brief tour hiatuses, titled Eric Clapton.
Cale 's "After Midnight". During this period, Clapton also recorded with artists such as Dr. With the intention of counteracting the "star" cult faction that had begun to form around him, Clapton assembled a new band composed of Delaney and Bonnie's former rhythm sectionBobby Whitlock as keyboardist and vocalist, Carl Radle as the bassist, and drummer Jim Gordonwith Clapton playing guitar.
It was his intention to show that he need not fill a starring role, and functioned well as a member of an ensemble. They would have three- and four-part harmonies, and the guitar was put back into perspective as being accompaniment. That suited me well, because I had gotten so tired of the virtuosity — or pseudo -virtuosity — thing of long, boring guitar solos just because they were expected.
The Band brought things back into perspective. The priority was the song. The band was originally called "Eric Clapton and Friends". The eventual name was a fluke that occurred when the band's provisional name of "Del and the Dynamos" was misread as Derek and the Dominos.
Del and Eric were combined and the final name became "Derek and the Dominos". Clapton's close friendship with George Harrison brought him into contact with Harrison's wife, Pattie Boydwith whom he became deeply infatuated.
When she spurned his advances, Clapton's unrequited affections prompted most of the material for the Dominos' album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Heavily blues-influenced, the album features the twin lead guitars of Clapton and Duane Allman, with Allman's slide guitar as a key ingredient of the sound. The album contained Dans Lespace - Serge Lama - A lOlympia 1974 hit love song " Layla ", inspired by the classical poet of Persian literatureNizami Ganjavi 's The Story of Layla and Majnuna copy of which Ian Dallas had given to Clapton.
The book moved Clapton profoundly, as it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful, unavailable woman and Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts crazy because he could not marry Member Introduction - Eric Clapton - Princely Gifts . The Layla LP was actually recorded by Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones - Liver Than Youve Ever Been five-piece version of the group, thanks to the unforeseen inclusion of guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.
A few days into the Layla sessions, Dowd — who was also producing the Allmans — invited Clapton to an Allman Brothers outdoor concert in Miami. The two guitarists met first on stage, then played all night in the studio, and became friends.
On 9 September, they recorded Hendrix's " Little Wing " and the title track. The following day, the final track, "It's Too Late", was recorded. Tragedy dogged the group throughout its brief career. During the sessions, Clapton was devastated by news of the death of Jimi Hendrix; eight days previously the band had cut a cover of "Little Wing" as a tribute.
On 17 Septemberone day before Hendrix's death, Clapton had purchased a left-handed Fender Stratocaster that he had planned to give to Hendrix as a birthday gift. Adding to Clapton's woes, Layla received only lukewarm reviews upon release. Despite Clapton's later admission that the tour took place amid a blizzard of drugs and alcohol, it resulted in the live double album In Concert. Recording of a second Dominos studio album was underway when a clash of egos took place and Clapton walked out, thus disbanding the group.
Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on 29 October Clapton Katania - Fallout later in his autobiography that he and Allman were inseparable during the Layla sessions in Florida; he talked about Allman as the "musical brother I'd never had but wished I did". Another tragic footnote to the Dominos story was the fate of drummer Jim Gordonwho was an undiagnosed schizophrenic and years later murdered his mother during a psychotic episode.
Gordon was confined to years-to-life imprisonment, later being moved to a mental institution, where he remains today. Clapton's career successes in the s were in stark contrast with the struggles he coped with in his personal life, which was troubled by romantic longings and drug and alcohol addiction. He nursed a heroin addictionwhich resulted in a lengthy career hiatus interrupted only by performing at Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh benefit shows in New York in August ; there, he passed out on stage, was revived, and managed to finish his performance.
His appearance in the film performing "Eyesight to the Blind" is notable as he is clearly wearing a fake beard in some shots, the result of deciding to shave off his real beard after the initial takes in an attempt to force the director to remove his earlier scene from the film and leave the set.
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