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Eric Clapton

Guitarist + Singer + Composer

Eric Patrick Clapton, is an English guitarist and singer-songwriter. Clapton 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.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on March 30, 1945.


1961 16 Years Old In 1961, after leaving Hollyfield School in Surbiton, Clapton 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. … Read More
1962 17 Years Old In 1962, Clapton started performing as a duo with fellow blues enthusiast David Brock in pubs around Surrey. … Read More
1963 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He stayed with this band from January through August 1963. … Read More
1964 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 1964, Clapton made his first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, London with The Yardbirds. … Read More


In March 1965, Clapton and the Yardbirds had their first major hit, "For Your Love", written by songwriter Graham Gouldman, who also wrote hit songs for Herman's Hermits and The Hollies (and would later achieve success of his own as a member of 10cc). … Read More
1966 - 1968 5 More Events
The supergroup debuted before 100,000 fans in London's Hyde Park on 1969. … Read More
1970 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Clapton also worked with much of Delaney and Bonnie's band to record George Harrison's All Things Must Pass in spring 1970. … Read More
1971 26 Years Old 1 More Event
A second record was in the works when a clashing of egos took place and Clapton walked, thus disbanding the group. Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on 1971. … Read More


1976 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976 he performed as one of a string of notable guests at the farewell performance of The Band, filmed in a Martin Scorsese documentary called The Last Waltz.
1978 33 Years Old This incident, along with some controversial remarks made around the same time by David Bowie, as well as uses of Nazi-related imagery by Sid Vicious and Siouxsie Sioux, were the main catalysts for the creation of Rock Against Racism, with a concert on 30 April 1978. … Read More
1979 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Although Radle would remain Clapton's bass player until the summer of 1979 (Radle died in May 1980 from the effects of alcohol and narcotics), it would be 2003 before Clapton and Whitlock appeared together again (Clapton guested on Whitlock's appearance on the Later with Jools Holland show).
1981 - 1982 2 More Events
1984 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984 he performed on Pink Floyd member Roger Waters' solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, and went on tour with Waters following the release of the album. … Read More


Clapton, now a seasoned charity performer, played at the Live Aid concert on 13 July 1985. … Read More
1987 42 Years Old At the 1987 Brit Awards in London, Clapton was awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music. … Read More
1988 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1988 he played with Dire Straits and Elton John at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute at Wembley Stadium and the Prince's Trust rock gala at the Royal Albert Hall. … Read More
1990 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 47 Years Old 1 More Event
On 9 September 1992, Clapton performed "Tears in Heaven" at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, and won the award for Best Male Video.


1996 - 1998 3 More Events
He quietly dated her for a year, and went public with the relationship in 1999.
They married on 2001 at St Mary Magdalene church in Clapton's birthplace, Ripley. … Read More
In 2004, Clapton released two albums of covers of songs by bluesman Robert Johnson, Me and Mr. Johnson and Sessions for Robert J.


2005 - 2006 5 More Events
The chemistry between Trucks and Clapton convinced him to invite The Derek Trucks Band to open for Clapton's set at his 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival. … Read More
In February 2008 Clapton performed with his long-time friend Steve Winwood at Madison Square Garden and guested on his recorded single, "Dirty City", on Winwood's album Nine Lives. … Read More
2009 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On 2009 Clapton appeared as a featured guest at the Royal Albert Hall, playing "Further on Up the Road" with Joe Bonamassa.
Clapton performed a two-night show with Jeff Beck at London's O2 Arena on 2010. … Read More
2011 66 Years Old 1 More Event
On 24 June 2011, Clapton was in concert with Pino Daniele in Cava de' Tirreni stadium, Italy, with an audience of 15,000 people before performing a series of concerts in South America from 6 to 16 October 2011.
On 24 February 2012 Clapton, Keith Richards, Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Kim Wilson and other artists performed together in the Howlin' For Hubert Tribute concert held at the Apollo Theater of New York honouring blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin who died at age 80 in 4 December 2011.
In January 2013, Surfdog Records announced a signed deal with Eric for the release of his forthcoming album Old Sock on 12 March.
On 30 April 2014, Clapton announced the release of The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale as an homage to JJ Cale who died on 26 July 2013.
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