Eric Clapton

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Legal name: Eric Patrick 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 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 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". Furthermore, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. 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 with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded with 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Eric Clapton (1970 debut solo album) Eric Clapton 4 10
1974 461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton 4.75 16
1975 There’s One in Every Crowd Eric Clapton 8
1976 No Reason to Cry Eric Clapton 6
1977 Slowhand Eric Clapton 5 24
1978 Backless Eric Clapton 3 7
1981 Another Ticket Eric Clapton 4 6
1983 Money and Cigarettes Eric Clapton 5
1985 Behind the Sun Eric Clapton 9
1986 August Eric Clapton 6
1989 Journeyman Eric Clapton 4 6
1994 From the Cradle Eric Clapton 4 6
1998 Pilgrim Eric Clapton 3 8
2000 Riding With the King B.B. King & Eric Clapton 2 10
2000 Knockin' on Heaven's Door Arthur Louis feat. Eric Clapton 1
2001 Reptile Eric Clapton 5 8
2004 Me and Mr. Johnson Eric Clapton 2 7
2004 Sessions for Robert J Eric Clapton 3
2005 Back Home Eric Clapton 6
2006 The Road to Escondido J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton 4 5
2010 Clapton Eric Clapton 5
2013 Old Sock Eric Clapton 4
2014 The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale Eric Clapton & Friends 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Eric Clapton at His Best Eric Clapton 1
1972 History of Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 1
1973 Clapton Eric Clapton 1
1975 The Blues World of Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 4 2
1978 The Early Cream of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker 1
1982 Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 5 9
1984 Backtrackin' Eric Clapton 3
1987 The Cream of Eric Clapton (1987 compilation) Eric Clapton 3
1987 The Early Clapton Collection Eric Clapton 5 3
1988 Crossroads Eric Clapton 4.65 3
1990 Rarities Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds 1
1990 Story Eric Clapton 2
1990 The First Time I Met the Blues Eric Clapton 1
1991 The Best of Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 1
1992 Experience Eric Clapton 1
1992 Mister Slowhand Eric Clapton 1
1993 For Your Love The Yardbirds feat. Eric Clapton 1
1993 Stages Eric Clapton 1
1994 The Cream of Clapton (1994 compilation) Eric Clapton 5 6
1994 Beginnings Eric Clapton 1
1994 Eric Clapton With Yardbirds and Jimmy Page Eric Clapton 1
1994 The Blues Years Eric Clapton 2
1995 Early Greatest Eric Clapton 1
1996 Strictly the Blues Eric Clapton 2
1996 Eric Clapton / Jimmy Page & Albert Lee Eric Clapton / Jimmy Page & Albert Lee 1
1996 The Very Best: Blues and Ballads Eric Clapton 1
1997 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 1

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