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Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton at the rink music theater of Wetzikon , Zurich , on 19 June 1977Shaw Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (Ripley, Surrey , England , March 30 of 1945 ) is a guitarist , singer and songwriter for rock and blues , known for her mastery of the electric guitar, in particular with his Stratocaster . is known by the nickname “Slowhand” (hand motion), from his time in The Yardbirds . Clapton is a member of the Hall of Fame Rock triply, as a member of The Yardbirds, of Cream and his solo career. In view of many critics Clapton has been one of the most respected and influential artists of all time. also appears at number 4 on the list ” The 100 greatest guitarists of all time “by the magazine Rolling Stone and at number 53, a special “Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

His musical style has undergone many changes over his career, but his roots have always been deeply linked to the blues . Is recognized as an innovator in various stages of his career practicing blues rock with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds , and psychedelic rock with Cream , also having played very different styles in his solo career, Delta blues on his album Me and Mr. Johnson , pop in his song ” Change the World “or reggae in his cover of Bob Marley (“I Shot the Sheriff”). Perhaps his greatest successes were the song ” Layla “from his time with Derek and the Dominos and ” Tears In Heaven “, dedicated to his late son, who composed solo.

Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey , England , the son of the couple formed by Patricia Molly Clapton ( January 7 of 1929 – March 1999 ), 16, and Edward Walter Fryer ( March 21 of 1920 – 1985 ) a military pilot from Montreal , Quebec , Canada for 25 years by that time were not married. His father was stationed in the United Kingdom during World War II and before Eric was born, he returned to Canada with his wife. The child grew up with his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband Jack to believe that his parents were, and that his mother was his sister. The name of their grandparents was Clapp, hence the confusion about his name, as Clapton is the name of the first husband of his grandmother Rose and maternal grandfather of Eric (Reginald Cecil Clapton.) Years later, his mother married another Canadian soldier (Frank MacDonald) and moved to Canada , leaving Eric by his grandparents. When Clapton had 9 years old, found out the truth when her mother and brother Brian returned to England to visit. This was a turning point in his life, making him away from his family and not be applied in school. His brother, Brian, died in a motorcycle accident in 1974 at age 26. Clapton has two other sisters of the second marriage of his mother, Cheryl (b. May 1953) and Heather (born in September 1958).

Clapton grew up a child quiet, lonely and in his own words, “a bad boy.” Clapton is still known for his sense of humor. Eric grew up in a musical environment, where his grandmother played the piano and both his uncle and his mother, enjoyed listening to Big Bands of the era. Her mother once told biographer Eric officer, Ray Coleman, that his father was a talented musician, and played in several bands in the area of Surrey . Eric got his first guitar at age 13 , an acoustic guitar from the German brand Hoyer received for his birthday, finding it very difficult and almost giving up. Yet despite his initial frustration, spent many hours learning the chords and emulate the music of artists from blues he heard in his cassette recorder .

After leaving school in 1961 , Eric studied at Kingston College of Art, where he was expelled for failing to make sufficient progress in other areas of art, focusing solely on music. Around this time Clapton began to frequent Kingston area in Richmond ( London ). At age 17 he joined his first band “The Roosters.” He remained in this group from January to August 1963 . In October of that same year he played in seven concerts with Casey Jones and the Engineers. Prior to devote himself to the world of music Clapton made his living working as a laborer with his grandfather.

The Yardbirds
In October 1963 Keith Relf (who studied with Clapton) and Paul Samwell-Smith, Eric recruited to the group of rock -influenced blues , The Yardbirds . Until the entry of Clapton, the group consisted of Keith Relf (vocals), Paul Samwell-Smith (bass), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar), Jim McCarty (drums) and Anthony “Top” Topham (lead guitar), with Clapton Topham’s replacement.

During his 18 months with the Yardbirds, Clapton earned the nickname “Slowhand” (hand motion). Synthesizing influences of blues guitarists such as Buddy Guy , Freddie King and BB King , Clapton became one of the most popular guitarists of the British music scene. The band began to form a good name, especially after winning the seat vacated by The Rolling Stones at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, London . They toured with Sonny Boy Williamson II , from which the album would Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds (taped on December 8 of 1963 ) and published in 1965 . In the album of 1964 , Five Live Yardbirds , recreate versions of R & B and blues American, with long improvisations and guitar solos, leaving the imagination and clear confidence of Clapton.

However, the group was slowly approaching the style pop , to try to enter the sales charts, which were able to ” For Your Love “which reached # 2 in the UK and # 6 in the United States . This song was written by songwriter Graham Gouldman , who had written hits for teen group Herman’s Hermits and the pop group The Hollies . But Clapton was strongly committed to the blues , so he denied the new course pop of The Yardbirds . So he decided to leave the band and recommended to Jimmy Page as his replacement, who refused because of how well she was doing as a session musician. So in the end did not join the group and he recommended Jeff Beck , who by that time played in a band called the Tridents, was Clapton’s replacement. However, Page would join the group later first and then playing bass with Beck taking the role of guitarist. Clapton, Beck and Page, came to play together in a mini-tour for the benefit of multiple sclerosis and the album Guitar Boogie .

The band

  • Members of the band for the stage by Eric Clapton
  • Eric Clapton – guitar
  • Chris Dreja – guitar
  • Keith Relf – vocals, harmonica
  • Paul Samwell-Smith – bass
  • Jim McCarty – drums

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