Eric Clapton

Guitarist + Singer + Composer

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, 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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Eric Clapton.


1945 Birth Clapton was born on 30 March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England, to 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (7 January 1929 – March 1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (21 March 1920 – 15 May 1985), a 25-year-old soldier from Montreal, Quebec. … Read More


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 until 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
In March 1966, while still a member of the Bluesbreakers, Clapton briefly collaborated on a side project with Jack Bruce and Steve Winwood among others, recording only a few of tracks under the name Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse. … Read More
1968 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Harrison's debut solo album, Wonderwall Music, in 1968, became the first of many Harrison solo records to include Clapton on guitar. … Read More
The supergroup debuted before 100,000 fans in London's Hyde Park on 7 June 1969. … 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 former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters' solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, and joined the supporting tour. … Read More


…  Clapton won a British Academy Television Award for his collaboration with Michael Kamen on the score for the 1985 BBC Television thriller serial Edge of Darkness. … 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
Unplugged features Clapton performing live in front of a small audience on 16 January 1992 at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, Berkshire, England. … Read More


1995 - 1998 4 More Events
He quietly dated her for a year, and went public with the relationship in 1999.
2001 56 Years Old 1 More Event
They married on 1 January 2001 at St Mary Magdalene church in Clapton's birthplace, Ripley. … Read More
2002 57 Years Old Clapton married Melia McEnery in a low-key church ceremony in January 2002. … 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 60 Years Old 1 More Event
On 22 January 2005, Clapton performed in the Tsunami Relief Concert held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, in aid of the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
He invited Trucks to join his band for his 2006–2007 world tour. … Read More
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 4 May 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 13–14 February 2010. … Read More
2011 - 2012 4 More Events
In January 2013, Surfdog Records announced a signed deal with Clapton 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 J.J. Cale who died on 26 July 2013. … Read More
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