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 of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.[ Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"] and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time".[4] He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.[

After playing in a number of different local bands, Clapton joined the Yardbirds in 1963, replacing founding guitarist Top Topham. Dissatisfied with the change of the Yardbirds sound from blues rock to a more radio-friendly pop rock sound, Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965 to play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, with whom he played on one album. After leaving Mayall in 1966, 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".

After Cream broke up, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech, recording one album and performing on one tour before they broke up, leading Clapton to embark on a solo career in 1970. Alongside his solo career, he also performed with Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos, with whom he recorded "Layla", one of his signature songs. He continued to record a number of successful solo albums and songs over the next several decades, including a 1974 cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" (which helped reggae reach a mass market.), the country-infused Slowhand album (1977) and the pop rock of 1986's August. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven", which appeared on his Unplugged album, and in 1996 he had another top-40 hit with the R&B crossover "Change The World", and in 1998 released the Grammy award-winning "My Father's Eyes". Since 1999, he has recorded a number of traditional blues and blues rock albums and hosted the periodic Crossroads Guitar Festival. His most recent studio album is 2018's Happy Xmas.

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. He has received four Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his solo career, Clapton has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

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The Essential Clapton Bundle

CREAM - THE BEST OF CREAM BLIND FAITH - BLIND FAITH ERIC CLAPTON - SLOWHAND Eric Clapton is an E...

CREAM - THE BEST OF CREAM BLIND FAITH - BLIND FAITH ERIC CLAPTON - SLOWHAND Eric Clapton 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, and is regularly referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named number fiv...

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Eric Clapton & Friends - Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale

Eric Clapton & Friends - Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cal...

Eric Clapton & Friends - Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale is a collaborative studio B album featuring Eric Clapton and a host of other musicians. It consists of covers of songs by JJ Cale who had died the previous year. It was named after Cale's 1972 single Call Me The Breeze. It was produced by Clapton and Simon Climie. The guests invited on the album include Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and Albert Lee. It's another way to appreciate JJ Cal...

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Cream - Wheels Of Fire: The Classic Double Album

Cream - Wheels Of Fire: The Classic Double Album In 1968 came the band's third release, Wheels of...

Cream - Wheels Of Fire: The Classic Double Album In 1968 came the band's third release, Wheels of Fire, which topped the American charts. The Wheels of Fire studio recordings showcased the band moving away from the blues and more towards a semi-progressive rock style, highlighted by odd time signatures and various orchestral instruments.  

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Derek and the Dominoes - Layla And Other Love Stories: Double Album on 180g Vinyl

Derek and the Dominoes - Layla And Other Love Stories: Double Album on 180 Vinyl Derek and the Do...

Derek and the Dominoes - Layla And Other Love Stories: Double Album on 180 Vinyl Derek and the Dominos were an English–American blues-rock band who released only one studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The album did not immediately enjoy strong sales or receive widespread radio airplay, however it went on to earn critical acclaim. Although released in 1970, it was not until March 1972 that the album's single Layla made the top ten in both the US and UK. The album is often consi...

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Cream: Goodbye: The Legendary Album

Cream: Goodbye: The Legendary Album Goodbye (also called Goodbye Cream) is the fourth and final s...

Cream: Goodbye: The Legendary Album Goodbye (also called Goodbye Cream) is the fourth and final studio album by Cream, with three tracks which were actually recorded live, and three recorded in the studio. Just before their third album, Wheels of Fire, was due to be released, the group's manager Robert Stigwood announced that Cream were going to disband after a farewell tour and a final concert at the Royal Albert Hall, scheduled for November 1968.  

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Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard - 2015 Reissued on 180g Vinyl

Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard - 2015 Reissued on 180g Vinyl 461 Ocean Boulevard is the second s...

Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard - 2015 Reissued on 180g Vinyl 461 Ocean Boulevard is the second studio album by English musician Eric Clapton. The album was released in late July 1974 for RSO Records, shortly after the record company released the hit single "I Shot the Sheriff" in early July the same year. The album topped various international charts and sold more than two million copies. Track Listing: Side 1 1. Motherless Children 2. Give Me Strength 3. Willie and the Hand Jive 4. Get Rea...

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Clapton - Slowhand - 2018 Remastered on 180g Vinyl

The fifth solo studio album by the British rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Featu...

The fifth solo studio album by the British rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Features the two hit singles, 'Lay Down Sally' and 'Wonderful Tonight' and of course, the infamous and excellent 'Cocaine'!!! This is a limited edition - its hot ! grab one while you can. Eric Clapton - Slowhand - 2018 Remastered on 180 Gram Vinyl The fifth solo studio album by the British rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Features the two hit singles, 'Lay Down Sally' and 'Wonderful T...

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Cream - Best of Cream: 2014 Reissue on 180g Vinyl

Widely regarded as the world's first supergroup, Cream were highly regarded for the instrumental ...

Widely regarded as the world's first supergroup, Cream were highly regarded for the instrumental proficiency of each of their members. Their music spanned many genres of rock music, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, and hard rock. In their career, they sold more than 15 million records worldwide. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), is the world's first platinum-selling double album. In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were included in both ...

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Cream - Disraeli Gears: 180g Vinyl

Cream - Disraeli Gears: 180g Vinyl Limited 180g vinyl LP pressing of this album by the British r...

Cream - Disraeli Gears: 180g Vinyl Limited 180g vinyl LP pressing of this album by the British rock supergroup featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on bass. This vinyl is housed in a sleeve that features exact reproductions of original artwork in order to retain authenticity. Disraeli Gears was the British band's American breakthrough, released in 1967 and reaching number 4 on the American charts. This is Cream's second studio album, which also reached numbe...

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