English blues and rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Originally a blues purist, he became one of the pioneers of heavy rock with Cream (1966–68), but then returned to the blues after making the landmark album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) with Derek and the Dominos. His solo albums include Journeyman (1989) and the acoustic Unplugged (1992), for which he received six Grammy awards (1993).
Clapton was a member of the Yardbirds 1963–65 but left when the group turned from rhythm and blues to experimental rock. During his year with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers 1965–66, ‘Clapton is God’ graffiti began to appear in England. After the groundbreaking rock of Cream, he formed the short-lived group Blind Faith in 1969. He sought a lower profile 1970–72, playing with US duo Delaney and Bonnie, and adopted a more laid-back style with his solo album 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974). His self-titled debut album appeared in 1970. Other albums include Slowhand (1977), Money and Cigarettes (1983), August (1986), From the Cradle (1994), Pilgrim (1998), and Clapton (2010). He gained a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the USA in 2000, having been honoured in 1992 with the Yardbirds and 1993 with Cream. He won Grammy awards for his singles ‘Change the World’ (1997) and ‘Reptile’ (2002). He published Eric Clapton: The Autobiography in 2007.
Origins of blues music
During the 1960s he played with the Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before forming the trio Cream (1966-68), who...
1945- ♦ English rock and blues guitarist Born in Ripley, Surrey, he was once identified as "God" by worshipful fans, but is rarely comfortable with t
He was a founding member of the Yardbirds (1963) and played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (1965–66). His guitar...