Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Mannheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg Region, Germany
Wien, Vienna, Austria
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Eric Clapton was born in 1945, in Ripley, Surrey and he is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in the rock and blues scene. His full name is Eric Patrick Clapton and he grew up with his grandparents since his father had returned to his birthplace in Montreal after the war. His mother left him later after he went to live in Germany, with her second husband, also a soldier.
When he was young, he began practicing to blues songs with his acoustic guitar and he left his studies later, to dedicate himself in music. He started playing in the streets around the South-West and Central London and in 1962, along with David Brock they used to perform live in pubs. Clapton's first bands were the "Roosters" and "Casey Jones & the Engineers" with whom he played in seven shows.
He became a member of The Yardbirds during the years 1963-1965. He acquired the nick "Slowhand" when he used to replace a string during a live show. Yardbirds' most known hit with Clapton was "For Your Love". After he left them, Clapton played with "John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers" for a couple of months, he cooperated with Jimmy Page, he worked in Greece with a music group and he returned to Bluesbreakers. They recorded " Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton" in 1966, the album that made Clapton famous worldwide, although he left the band permanently before the release.
Clapton with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce formed "Cream", the band that made him popular in the USA. They released four albums until 1969 and became a very successful rock trio, with hits such as "I Feel Free", "Sunshine of Your Love", "White Room" and a lot of covers. Clapton formed "Blind Faith" in 1969, he collaborated with many other bands and artists, he created "Derek and the Dominos" in 1970 with whom he released "Layla", one of his most famous songs. He continued his successful solo career, despite the problems and difficulties he found in his personal life in the following years (alcoholism, affairs, drug addictions, son's death e.t.c.).
Clapton has released more than 20 solo albums (including cover albums, one soundtrack and one Christmas album). He also wrote and performed many top hits such as "Wonderful Tonight", "Lay Down Sally", "It's in the Way That You Use It", "Tearing Us Apart", Pretending", "Bad Love" and more. His career includes 2 collaborations (with B.B. King and J.J. Cale), various important and well-known covers, like "Cocaine", Knocking on Heaven's Door", Can't Find My Way Home", "I Shot the Sheriff", "Change the World" and many other projects. Clapton has won uncountable awards and honours, among which are 3 American Music Awards, 18 Grammy Awards, 3 World Music Awards, 4 Grammy Hall of Fame, 2 International Rock Awards and so many others, while he is the only artist have been inducted three times to the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame".