Eric Clapton

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Legal name: Eric Patrick Clapton


Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. 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 while he was a member of band Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by band 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
1973 Music From Free Creek Various Artists 5 2
1989 Is This Love Various Artists 1
1990 Zucchero Zucchero 2
1991 Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Various Artists 3 2
1992 The One Elton John 4
1993 Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Various Artists 4 2
1994 A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield Various Artists 1
1997 Deuces Wild B.B. King 3
1999 Blues Blues Blues The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars 1
1999 Supernatural Santana 4.4 8
2000 Love Ring Best Various Artists 1
2001 25 Jahre Ratsband Stadthagen Ratsband Stadthagen 1
2001 Small World Big Band Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 2
2003 It'll Come to You... The Songs of John Hiatt Various Artists 1
2004 True Love Toots & The Maytals 2
2004 Gettin' In Over My Head Brian Wilson 1
2004 Jack o the Green: Small World Big Band Friends 3 Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2004 Stardust... The Great American Songbook, Volume III Rod Stewart 3
2004 The Crickets and Their Buddies The Crickets 1
2005 Silver Rain Marcus Miller 3
2005 Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played Les Paul 1
2005 80 B.B. King 3
2006 Last Man Standing Jerry Lee Lewis 2
2006 Colorblind Robert Randolph & The Family Band 2
2006 Overnight Sensational Sam Moore 2
2007 Christmas Album Canned Heat 1
2008 From the Reach Sonny Landreth 1
2008 Skin Deep Buddy Guy 3
2008 Here and Gone David Sanborn 1
2010 Mean Old Man Jerry Lee Lewis 3
2011 Jools Holland & Friends Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2012 Traveler Jerry Douglas 2
2014 Step Back Johnny Winter 1
B.B. king and Friends - Best B.B. King 1
The Sixties Collection Volume 1 Various Artists 1
The Sixties Collection Volume 2 Various Artists 1
The Sixties Collection Volume 3 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 What's Shakin' Various Artists 4
1967 Raw Blues Various Artists 2
1969 British Archive Series: Blues for Collectors, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1969 British Archive Series: Blues for Collectors, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1970 The Age of Atlantic Various Artists 1
1971 British Archive Series: Blues for Collectors, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1971 British Archive Series: Blues for Collectors, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1971 Guitar Boogie Various Artists 2
1972 Duane Allman: An Anthology Duane Allman 2
1975 Pop Market 1 Various Artists 1
1977 Good for Nothing: The Sounds Album, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1984 Listen to the Future, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1986 Stereoplay: The Best of Highlights II Various Artists 1

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