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Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English musician, 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 Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine'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 five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop." For most of the 1970s, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded by Derek and the Dominos, another band he formed, and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven", which featured in his Unplugged album.

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. 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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Crossroads
Compilation - 1988

 

The Cream of Clapton
Compilation - 1995

 

Eric Clapton
Studio Album - 1970

 

461 Ocean Boulevard
Studio Album - 1974

 

Slowhand
Studio Album - 1977

 

Complete Clapton
Compilation - 2007

 

Riding with the King
Studio Album - 2000

 

Live in Japan
Live Album - 1992

 

The Road to Escondido
Studio Album - 2006

 

No Reason to Cry
Studio Album - 1976

 

Old Sock
Studio Album - 2013

 

Backtrackin'
Compilation - 1984

 

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Birth Name

Eric Patrick Clapton

Instruments

Guitar, vocals

Origin

UK

Years active

1962–present

Date Born

Friday, March 30, 1945

City Born

Ripley, Surrey, England

Age

72

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