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Posted 08 February 2005 - 08:32 AM

For those of you who don't believe in god maybe now is the time because it's time for the man they called God Eric Clapton


Eric Clapton was born on March the 30th 1945 in Ripley, England. You may know this guitarist from the bands The Yardbirds and Cream who were two of the most popular rock groups of the 60's. Clapton was also famous for making rock history so to speak with Derek and the Dominos with their classic album Layla in the 70's. and for those people of the 80's his reputation as a guitarist didn't die because the 4cd Crossroads became one of the most popular box sets of it's time . And many of you may have just got into Clapton when he did his line Unplugged ser in the 90's. But anyway well get into the nitty gritty later read on to find out why this blues/rock guitarist was named "God ".

The early history of Clapton involved a thorough appreciation of the blues with Robert Johnson being his mentor in a way. In an interview Clapton said "I aimed to be better than Robert Johnson he was my idol and all the time while wanting to be better than him I knew I never could be ". So like I was saying his early history involved a thorough appreciation of the blues which he'd played in early '60s R&B band The Roosters and between 1963-65 he gained some acclaim with The Yardbirds . But by the time most Americans had noticed The Yardbirds from their summer hit "For Your Love " in 1965 Clapton had already left the band frustrated by the bands increasingly poppy sound . Clapton was already a blues fan so when he got the chance to play on 1966's Blues Breakers album there was no such thing as an answer no . The album with Clapton remains one of the most distinguished in the prolific Bluesman John Mayall's catalogue.

Clapton's U.S introduction so to speak came when he joined forces with Bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker to form the band Cream I suppose you could call them the first rock super group of the era. Their influences on hard rock from 1967 onwards can not be understated. The band known mostly for Clapton's guitar work which was usually displayed at like concerts where he would do extended solos of the bands songs. They achieved success with their albums which were instant hits albums such as " Disraeli Gears " , " Wheels Of Fire " and " Goodbye " each reaching the top five upon their releases in 67,68 and 69 . Though bassist Jack Bruce wrote the most of Creams material Clapton held a co-writing credit on two of their most well known songs the top 5 hit " Sunshine Of Your Love "and " Badge " co-written with George Harrison of The Beatles . Additionally Clapton sang Creams arrangement of the classic Robert Johnson song "Crossroads "which was a top 30 single and has since become more of a classic rock radio standard than "Sunshine Of Your Love " .

Cream were no longer a band after their demise in the late 60's but Clapton and Baker joined Traffic's Steve Winwood and Bassist Rik Grech to Become " Blind Faith " who only lasted long enough to produce one album and do a brief tour of America in 1969 before calling it a day . Though the band were a failed band every cloud has a silver lining ands the lining was that this band produced one of Clapton's best early songs " Presence Of The Lord " .

During the American tour dates an American act Delaney and Bonnie had opened for Blind Faith and Clapton had formed a good friendship with them a good enough friendship that he invited the duo to England to perform they accepted and the results of this can be heard on 1970's "On Tour With Eric Clapton by Delaney and Bonnie" and " Friends with Eric Clapton ". Delaney has been credited by Clapton as the one who gave him the emotional nudge needed for him to build up the courage and have confidence in his singing abilities and become a front man for his own band. He didn't stop there as Delaney produced Clapton's 1970 solo debut Eric Clapton which boasted 8 songs written or co written by Eric the album reached number 15 due to the top 20 hit "After Midnight" (penned by J.J Cale) and the radio hit "Let It Rain"

Clapton's confidence was at a high and with this new found confidence he formed Derek And The Domino's and created the album " Layla " with the help of Duane Allman . The album reached the top 20 in 1970 and ewas reissued in a 3-cd "Deluxe Anniversary Edition "by PolyGram in 1990. With co writing credits on " I Looked Away , " Bell Bottom Blues " and the legendary title track with this album Clapton proved his worth as a Songwriter and as a Guitarist and was no longer merely regarded as Creams Ex guitarist .

While Clapton enjoyed his success in the 70's his heroin addiction had increased and alcohol was also become a major influence on him. He was out of the water so to speak between 1971-73 ( Except for an uninspired Pete Townshend-Organized " Comeback " concert released in 1973 as Rainbow Concert) , The guitarist returned in triumph with 1974's " Ocean Boulevard " his first No. 1 album of his career largely due to it's cover of The Wailers classic " I Shot The Sheriff " . Clapton was shifting his musical emphasis to songs rather than lengthy jams which had once been his trademark with Cream. It was a move that had been long in coming an interview with Rolling Stone in 1974 sheds some light as he said he had been impressed some years earlier upon hearing The Bands classic music from "Big Pink Album ". he said " I thought , well this is what I want to play , Not just extended solos and maestro bullshit just good funky songs " .

Clapton's song writing continued to improve, and throughout the remainder of the '70s he enjoyed a non-stop run of successful albums--four of which made the top 10 between 1977-81 and self-penned hit singles, including "Hello Old Friend," "Lay Down Sally" (co-written with Marcy Levy), "Wonderful Tonight," and "I Can't Stand It." In 1983, Clapton moved over to Warner Bros., and with Money And Cigarettes began recording on his own Duck Records label. The resulting albums continued to be substantial efforts, often featuring the guitarist with top-notch musical partners including Ry Cooder, Albert Lee, and Phil Collins. Clapton began writing with a host of new collaborators--among them keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, the Band's Robbie Robertson, Collins, Steven Bishop, Foreigner's Mick Jones, and blues guitarist Robert Cray.

By the early '90s, Clapton had further extended his compositional chops by scoring several film soundtracks, including all three of the Lethal Weapon films, Mickey Rourke's Homeboy, and Rush, which featured Clapton's Grammy-winning single, "Tears In Heaven." The moving lyrics of the latter track, co-written with Will Jennings, connected heavily with the public after Clapton's four-year-old son Conor was tragically killed in a 53-story fall in early 1991.

In 1993, Clapton reunited and performed with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker when Cream was inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame.


John Mayall Blues Breakers

John Mayall Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton:1966


Fresh Cream:1966

Disraeli Gears:1967

Wheels Of Fire:1968


Blind Faith

Blind Faith:1969


Live Cream:1970

Derek And The Dominos



Live Cream Vol 2:1972

Eric Clapton

Rainbow Concert:1973

Ocean Boulevard:1974

There's One In Every...:1975

E.C Was Here:1975

No Reason To Cry:1976



Just One Night:1980

Another Ticket:1981

Time Pieces:1982

Time Pieces 2:1985



24 Nights:1991

Clapton Unplugged:1992

From The Cradle:1994

Derek And The Dominos

Live At The Filmore:1994

Eric Clapton


Clapton Chronicles:1999

Riding With The King:2000

Money And Cigarettes:2000

Behind The Sun:2000



One More Rider One More Car:2002

List Of Sources: www.alltheweb.com / www.google.com / www.msn.com / www.claptononline.com / www.Vh1.com / www.xtrememusician.com / www.eric-clapton.co.uk / www.knopfler.net / www.knightbilham.com

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 09:32 PM

A grand biography for an awesome legendary guitarist. They called him 'slowhand' too and with reason.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:56 AM

QUOTE (dorio @ Feb 8 2005, 09:32 PM)
A grand biography for an awesome legendary guitarist. They called him 'slowhand' too and with reason.

I love Clapton's playing. It's amazing. I watched him jam on all these old blues tunes like ''Sweet Home Chicago'' with a bunch of blues greats.

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 10:57 AM

If you asked most guitarist out there who they thought was the best guitarest ever they would probably say:

1. Eric Clapton
2. Jimmy Hendrix

Clapton plays beautifully, he isn't sloppy at all, a very precise guitarist. He is definitely the best guitarist I know

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 12:23 AM

And it's spelled Jimi Hendrix
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Posted 05 May 2005 - 10:46 PM

At a point in his career, there was no one better. How many artists can say that?
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Posted 31 May 2005 - 08:15 AM

clapton is my hero
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Posted 31 May 2005 - 07:28 PM

They called him slow hand because:

When he was starting out, jamming with some guys and practicing his bends, he would break strings sometimes. And as he put a new one back on, people would clap slowly.


woo hoo.

One of the greatest guitarists of all time.
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Posted 29 June 2005 - 04:18 PM

QUOTE (J.Hoang301 @ May 31 2005, 11:15 AM)
clapton is my hero


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Posted 19 July 2005 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE (seibel88 @ Apr 13 2005, 01:57 PM)
If you asked most guitarist out there who they thought was the best guitarest ever they would probably say:

1. Eric Clapton
2. Jimmy Hendrix

Clapton plays beautifully, he isn't sloppy at all, a very precise guitarist. He is definitely the best guitarist I know

Don't Forget Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 05:28 PM

i watched a video of eric clapton in concert today..

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 06:16 PM

I think I am the greatest fan. biggrin.gif
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Posted 12 August 2005 - 01:26 PM

Clapton wasn't even taught the guitar all self taught amazing pure genious

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Posted 13 August 2005 - 05:12 PM

just a add on for the albums: Me and Mr Johnson (2004)

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 04:44 PM

Ya i love eric clapton hes pretty much the greatest guitarist whos ever lived, but to zoso kid, ohio state sucks, penn state no.7, 8-1 WOOT!

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 06:07 PM

I saw Cream live when they played at Madison Square Garden last week. It was very, very good, and Clapton was no slouch. I don't like most of his solo work, but this was great.

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Posted 14 November 2005 - 12:38 PM

I've said it on GTU before, and I will say it again. Eric Clapton is the greatest guitarist that ever lived, and probably ever will live. He's played so many diffierent types of music and, as was formentioned, he plays incredibly well and clean. He never plays a sloppy riff, lick, or solo. And he can sing exceptionally well.
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Posted 14 November 2005 - 12:46 PM

QUOTE (Claptonman @ Jul 20 2005, 09:16 PM)
I think I am the greatest fan. biggrin.gif

I tend to disagree with you! protest.gif

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Posted 18 November 2005 - 02:13 PM

You all should check out the new Cream Live 2005 DVD, it's great.
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Posted 17 December 2005 - 02:41 AM

Clapton is my hero too! I am always amazed with the way he effortlessly plays "blackie" (his black strat) and the "crashocaster" (his grafitti designed strat) in front of thousand people.

his noiseless crashocaster must be the greatest guitar in the world today.

Modern Warfare 2 is coming out. HELL YEAH

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