Tragedy dogged the group throughout its brief career. During the sessions, Clapton was devastated by news of the death of Jimi Hendrix; eight days previously the band had cut a cover of "Little Wing" as a tribute.
On 17 Septemberone day before Hendrix's death, Clapton had purchased a left-handed Fender Stratocaster that he had planned to give to Hendrix as a birthday gift.
Adding to Clapton's woes, Layla received only lukewarm reviews upon release. Despite Clapton's later admission that the tour took place amid a blizzard of drugs and alcohol, it resulted in the live double album In Concert. Recording of a second Dominos studio album was underway when a clash of egos took place and Clapton walked out, thus disbanding the group.
Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on 29 October Clapton wrote later in his autobiography that he and Allman were inseparable during the Layla sessions in Florida; he talked about Allman as the "musical brother I'd never had but wished I did". Another tragic footnote to the Dominos story was the fate of drummer Jim Gordonwho was an undiagnosed schizophrenic and years later murdered his mother during a psychotic episode.
Gordon was confined to years-to-life imprisonment, later being moved to a mental institution, where he remains today.
Clapton's career successes in the s were in stark contrast with the struggles he coped Sweet Louisiana - Steven Tyler - Were All Somebody From Somewhere (CD in his personal life, which was troubled by romantic longings and drug and alcohol addiction.
He nursed a heroin addictionwhich resulted in a lengthy career hiatus interrupted only by performing at Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh benefit shows in New York in August ; there, he passed out on stage, was revived, and managed to finish his performance. His appearance in the film performing "Eyesight to the Blind" is notable as he is clearly wearing a fake beard in some shots, the result of deciding to shave off his real beard after the initial takes in an attempt to force the director to remove his earlier scene from the film and leave the set.
InClapton started living with Boyd they would not marry until and was no longer using heroin although he gradually began to drink heavily. With this band Clapton recorded Ocean Boulevardan album with an emphasis on more compact songs and fewer guitar solos; the cover version of " I Shot the Sheriff " was Clapton's first number one hit and was important in bringing reggae and the music of Bob Marley to a wider audience. The album There's One in Every Crowd continued this trend. The album's original title, The World's Greatest Guitar Player There's One in Every Crowdwas changed before pressing, as it was felt its ironic intention would be misunderstood.
The band toured the world and subsequently released the live LP E. Was Here. Cale cover, " Cocaine ". In he performed as one of a string of notable guests at the farewell performance of The Band, filmed in a Martin Scorsese documentary titled The Last Waltz.
Clapton accepted the invitation and teamed up with Jeff Beck to perform a series of duets — reportedly their first ever billed stage collaboration. Three of the performances were Album) on the album of the show, and one of the songs appeared in the film. The performances at London's Drury Lane theatre heralded a return to form and prominence for Clapton in the new decade. Many factors had influenced Clapton's comeback, including his "deepening commitment to Christianity", to which he had converted prior to his heroin addiction.
On the flight over, Clapton indulged in a large number of drinks, for fear he would never be able to drink again. Clapton wrote in his autobiography: . In the lowest moments of my life, the only reason I didn't commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn't be able to drink any more if I was dead. It was the only thing I thought was worth living for, and the idea that people were about to try and remove me from alcohol was so terrible that I drank and drank and drank, and they had to practically carry me into the clinic.
After being discharged, it was recommended by doctors of Hazelden that Clapton not partake in any activities that would act as triggers for his alcoholism or stress. But it did happen. Clapton would go back to the Hazelden Treatment Center in November He has stayed sober ever since. A few months after his discharge from his first rehab, Clapton began working on his next album, against doctors' orders.
Working with Tom Dowd, he produced what he thought as his "most forced" album to date, Money and Cigarettes. Clapton chose the name of the album "because that's all I saw myself having left" after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism.
Since then Waters and Clapton have had a close relationship. In they performed together for the Tsunami Relief Fund. Clapton, now a regular charity performer, played at the Live Aid concert at John F. His album output continued in the s, including two produced with Phil Collins, 's Behind the Sunwhich produced the hits "Forever Man" and "She's Waiting", and 's August.
August was suffused with Collins's trademark drum and horn sound, and became Clapton's biggest seller in the UK to date, matching his highest chart position, number 3.
The horn-driven "Run" echoed Collins' " Sussudio " and other work [ how? Clapton later remade "After Midnight" as a single and a promotional track for the Michelob beer brand, which had also used earlier songs by Collins and Steve Winwood. Clapton also got together with the Bee Gees for charity. The supergroup called itself the Bunburysand recorded a charity album with the proceeds going to the Bunbury Cricket Club in Cheshire, which plays exhibition cricket matches to raise money for nonprofit organisations in England.
The s brought a series of 32 concerts to the Royal Albert Hall, such as the 24 Nights series of concerts that took place around January through Februaryand February to March Then, on 20 MarchClapton's four-year-old son, Conor, died after falling from the 53rd-floor window of his mother's friend's New York City apartment at East 57th Street.
He contributed guitar and vocals to "Runaway Train", a duet with Elton John on the latter's The One album the following year.
I almost subconsciously used music for myself as a healing agent, and lo and behold, it worked I have got a great deal of happiness and a great deal of healing from music. Clapton's grief was expressed in the song " Tears in Heaven ", which was co-written by Will Jennings. In Clapton had a relationship with singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
The duo performed a Cream hit single, " White Room ". Clapton looked up to King and had always wanted to make an album with him, while King said of Clapton, "I admire the man. I think he's No. Clapton released the album Reptile in March Johnson and Sessions for Robert J.
Guitarist Doyle Bramhall II worked on the album with Clapton after opening Clapton's tour with his band Smokestack and joined him on his tour. InRolling Stone ranked Clapton No. Clapton's first album of new original material in nearly five years, Back Homewas released on Reprise Records on 30 August. A collaboration with guitarist J.
He Album) Trucks to join his band for his — world tour. Bramhall remained, giving Clapton three elite guitarists in his band, allowing him to revisit many Derek and the Dominos songs that he hadn't played in decades.
Trucks remained on set afterward and performed with Clapton's band throughout his performances. In Clapton learned more about his father, a Canadian soldier who left the UK after the war. Although Clapton's grandparents eventually told him the truth about his parentage, he only knew that his father's name was Edward Fryer.
This was a source of disquiet for Clapton, as witnessed by his song " My Father's Eyes ". A Montreal journalist named Michael Woloschuk researched Canadian Armed Forces service records and tracked down members of Fryer's family, and finally pieced together the story.
Fryer was a musician piano and saxophone and a lifelong drifter who was married several times, had several children, and apparently never knew that he was the father of Eric Clapton. On 26 Februaryit was reported that North Korean officials had invited Clapton to play a concert in the communist state. The two former Blind Faith bandmates met again for a series of 14 concerts throughout the United States in June In Marchthe Allman Brothers Band amongst many notable guests celebrated their 40th year, dedicating their string of concerts to the late Duane Allman on their annual run at the Beacon Theatre.
Eric Clapton was one of the performers, with drummer Butch Trucks remarking that the performance was not the typical Allman Brothers experience, given the number and musical styles of the guests who were invited to perform. Clapton was scheduled to Album) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 's 25th anniversary concert in Madison Square Garden on 30 Octoberbut cancelled due to gallstone surgery.
On 24 JuneClapton was in concert with Pino Daniele in Cava de' Tirreni stadium before performing a series of concerts in South America from 6 to 16 October He spent November and December touring Japan with Steve Winwoodplaying 13 shows in various cities throughout the country.
On 29 NovemberClapton joined The Rolling Stones at London's O2 Arena during the band's second of five arena dates celebrating their 50th anniversary. The album includes the original 14 tracks, remastered, as well as 6 additional tracks, including 2 versions of " My Father's Eyes ".
The DVD includes a restored version of the concert, as well as over 60 minutes of unseen footage from the rehearsal. On 13 and 14 NovemberClapton headlined the final two evenings of the " Baloise Session ", an annual indoor music festival in BaselSwitzerland.
Cale who died on 26 July Although he did return to perform one final song, thousands of fans were upset by the lack of explanation from Clapton or the venue and booed after the concert ended around 40 minutes before advertised to finish.
Both Clapton and the venue apologised the next day, blaming 'technical difficulties' for making sound conditions 'unbearable' for Clapton on stage. Clapton has performed more times at Madison Square Garden than any other US venue, a total of 45 times. On 30 September the live-album Live in San Diego was released. Eric Clapton was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the Universal fire. In his autobiography, Clapton refers to Muddy Waters as "the father figure I never really had".
Until his death inWaters was a part of Clapton's life. King on their album Riding with the King. The music video for the title track shows Clapton as the chauffeurwith one of his idols in the back seat.
Clapton has said that blues musician Robert Johnson is his single most important influence. In Clapton released Sessions for Robert Johnsoncontaining covers of Johnson's songs using electric and acoustic guitars. Robert Johnson to me is the most important blues musician who ever lived. He was true, absolutely, to his own vision, and as deep as I have gotten into the music over the last 30 years, I have never found anything more deeply soulful than Robert Johnson.
His music remains the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice, really Clapton also singled out Buddy Holly as an influence. It was thick and fat and very melodic. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. InThe Guardian attributed the creation of the cult of the guitar hero to Clapton, ranking it number seven on their list of the 50 key events in rock music history.
Nothing is more central to rock mythology than the cult of the lead guitarist. And no one did more to create that cult than Eric Clapton. He had already been a member of the Yardbirds before joining John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the clearing house for guitarists, in April His two stints with Mayall saw his reputation grow to the extent that a famous graffito captured the popular appraisal of him among rock fans: "Clapton is God".
Elias Leight of Rolling Stone writes that Clapton "influenced recording techniques as well as guitar-playing technique". It seemed to me that if you wanted to get the atmosphere we were getting in the clubs, you needed it to sound like you were in the audience 10 feet away, not three inches". Clapton then moved the microphones, with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters stating, "That changed everything. Before Eric, guitar playing in England had been Hank Marvin of the Shadows, very simple, not much technique.
Suddenly we heard something completely different. The records sounded unlike anything we had heard before. InClapton was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork — the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover — to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most admires to mark his 80th birthday.
Robert Christgauin a dissenting appraisal of Clapton's legacy, writes:. A promiscuous sideman whose monklike aura has never diminished his extravagant appetites, Clapton likes to get paid, and he's amassed a discography that for an artist of his caliber is remarkably undistinguished. In his self-protective self-deprecation he often attributes this to his own laziness or his need for a catalyst, but it's also guitar hero's disease: like many other guys whose hand-ear coordination Album) off the curve, he's a casual tunesmith and a corny lyricist, and his band concepts are chronically hit-or-miss.
Like Hank Marvinthe Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, Clapton exerted a crucial and widespread influence in popularising particular models of electric guitar.
He became exclusively a Gibson player for a period beginning in mid, when he purchased a used sunburst Gibson Les Paul guitar from a guitar store in London.
Clapton commented on the slim profile of the neck, which would indicate it was a model. He continued to play Les Pauls exclusively with Cream one bought from Andy Summers was almost identical to the stolen guitar  untilwhen he acquired his most famous guitar in this period, a Gibson SGdubbed " the Fool ".
Clapton used it at the last Cream show in November as well as with Blind Faith, played it sparingly for slide pieces in the s, used it on "Hard Times" from Journeymanthe Hyde Park live concert ofand the From the Cradle sessions and tour of — The was only the second electric guitar Clapton bought. Lucy was stolen from Harrison, though later tracked down and returned to him — he lent it to Clapton for his comeback concert at the Rainbow.
Rundgren restored the guitar and nicknamed it "Sunny", after "Sunshine of Your Love". In late Clapton made the switch to the Fender Stratocaster. First there was Buddy Hollyand Buddy Guy. Hank Marvin was the first well known person over here in England who was using one, but that wasn't really my kind of music. Steve Winwood had so much credibility, and when he started playing one, I thought, oh, if he can do it, I can do it". Clapton assembled the best components of the remaining three to create "Blackie", which was his favourite stage guitar until its retirement in It was first played live 13 January at the Rainbow Concert.
One was presented to Clapton upon the model's release and was used for three numbers during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 May Pete Townshend also donated his own Gibson Les Paul guitar, with a note attached: "Mine's as good as his!
Love, Pete". Signature guitars in Clapton's honour are made by Fender and C. In Fender introduction his signature Eric Clapton Stratocaster. The first, of these, introduced inwas a limited edition EC Eric Clapton signature model with a production run of Clapton appeared in the movie version of Tommythe first full-length rock operawritten by the Who.
In addition to being in the band, he had a small speaking role. Clapton has appeared in an advertisement for the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. In March Clapton appeared in an advertisement  for RealNetwork's Rhapsody online music service. He was called upon to test the Cee'd's auxiliary input, which he tested by plugging in one of his guitars and playing several bars of his most famous hits.
He was introduced by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson as a "local guitarist". I think this got made because Eric was in the right mood. He's an incredibly private man and despite his immense success, he's never cared if he got any publicity at all, he just loves his music I think it might be something to do with his age, as he turned 70 a couple of years ago.
He said to me, "I didn't want it to be done after I was dead and for it to be wrong. Clapton briefly dated funk singer Betty Davis. In a interview with The Sunday TimesClapton admitted to raping and abusing her while they were married and he was a "full-blown" alcoholic. Although both were married to other partners at the time, they had a daughter in January She was named Ruth Kelly Clapton, but her existence was kept from the public until the media realised she was his child in Clapton and Boyd tried unsuccessfully to have children, even trying in vitro fertilisation inbut were faced instead with miscarriages.
Del Santo gave birth to their son, Conor, on 21 August Conor died on 20 March at the age of four after falling out of an open bedroom window on the 53rd floor of a Manhattan apartment building. InClapton, then 53, met year-old administrative assistant Melia McEnery in Columbus, Ohioat a party given for him after a performance. He quietly dated her for a year, and went public with the relationship in On 5 AugustClapton provoked an uproar and lingering controversy when he spoke out against increasing immigration during a concert in Birmingham.
Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight? If so, please put up your hands. So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I think you should all just leave.
Not just leave the hall, leave our country. I don't want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch's our man. I think Enoch's right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony.
Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back.
The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans don't belong here, we don't want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don't want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white! In an interview from October with Sounds magazine, Clapton said that he did not "know much about politics" and said of his immigration speech that "I just don't know what came over me that night.
It must have been something that happened in the day but it came out in this garbled thing. It would make no sense. In a interview with 'Raised on Radio', Clapton addressed his past addictions and said: "20 years of drinking where I did really offensive things, I was a nasty person. Clapton supports the Countryside Alliancewhich promotes field sports and issues relating to the British countryside.
He has played in concerts to raise funds for the organisation and publicly opposed the Labour Party 's ban on fox hunting with the Hunting Act.
A spokesperson for Clapton said, "Eric supports the Countryside Alliance. He does not hunt himself, but does enjoy rural pursuits such as fishing and shooting. He supports the Alliance's pursuit to scrap the ban on the basis that he disagrees with the state's interference with people's private pursuits.
The construction "stand and deliver" means to "to give what is demanded" and was originally used by highwaymen robbing passengers. Clapton announced that "There are many of us who support Van and his efforts to save live music. He is an inspiration. We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. In AugustClapton released the single "This Has Gotta Stop" and an accompanying music video described as a protest song against COVID lockdowns, vaccinations and contains what critics described as lyrical and visual statements against what Clapton sees as the erosion of civil liberties as the result of lockdown policies.
The track also addresses environmental concerns, human obsession with technology and media consumption. Since the s, Clapton has considered himself a "car enthusiast" and has often stated his passion for the Ferrari brand.
InClapton was appointed a director of Clouds Housea UK treatment centre for drug and alcohol dependence, and served on their board until Inhe established the Crossroads Centre in Antigua to help others overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol and is active in its management oversight and fundraising to the present day. Items included his guitar from the Cream reunion tour inspeaker cabinets used in the early s from his days with Derek and the Dominos, and some guitars from Jeff Beck, J.
Cale, and Joe Bonamassa. All proceeds again went to Crossroads. He made his first appearance at the show held in London's Theatre Royal, Drury Laneand he subsequently became an activist. He has performed at the charity's rock concert numerous times since the s, most recently in Clapton is a fan of English football club West Bromwich Albion.
It has been reported that the club rejected his offer to invest cash in the club around this time. In the late s Clapton positioned a West Brom scarf on the back cover of his album, Backless. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time, this time as a solo artist. He was earlier inducted as a member of the bands Cream and the Yardbirds. An asteroid, Claptonis named after him. Clapton's music has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows as far back as 's Mean Streetswhich included the Derek and the Dominos song "I Looked Away" and a performance of " Steppin' Out " by Cream.
Both Opel and Vauxhall used the guitar riff from " Layla " in their advertising campaigns throughout — In addition to his music appearing in media, Clapton has contributed to several movies by writing or co-writing the musical scores or contributing original songs.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Clapton performing at the Royal Albert Hall in May Ripley, SurreyEngland. Musician singer songwriter record producer. Pattie Boyd. Melia McEnery. Rock blues. Duck Reprise Surfdog. Cale B. Musical artist. Main article: Cream band. Main article: Derek and the Dominos. Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Eric Clapton.
Main articles: Eric Clapton albums discography and Eric Clapton singles discography. The couple were formally divorced in Rolling Stone.
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