Eric Clapton Biography

Eric Clapton (Eric Patrick Clapton) was born on 30th March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England. He is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

Eric Clapton Education Background

Eric Clapton attended Hollyfield School in Surbiton. Clapton studied at the Kingston College of Art but was dismissed at the end of the academic year because his focus remained on music rather than art.

Eric Clapton Career

At the age of thirteen during his birthday he received an acoustic Hoyer guitar, made in Germany. It was hard for him to play the guitar and even gave it up. Two years later he picked it up again and started playing consistently. Clapton was influenced by the blues from an early age, and practised long hours to learn the chords of blues music by playing along to the records. He preserved his practice sessions using his portable Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder, listening to them over and over until he felt he’d got it right.

In 1962 he started performing as a duo with fellow blues enthusiast David Brock in pubs around Surrey. He joined his first band, an early British R&B group, the Roosters, whose other guitarist was Tom McGuinness. He stayed with this band from January until August 1963. In October of that year, Clapton did a seven-gig stint with Casey Jones & the Engineers. In October 1963, Eric Clapton joined the Yard birds, a blues-influenced rock and roll band, and stayed with them until March 1965.

In April 1965 he joined John Mayall & the Blues breakers, only to quit a few months later. In the summer of 1965 he left for Greece with a band called the Glands, which included his old friend Ben Palmer on piano. In November 1965 he rejoined John Mayall. In March 1966, while still a member of the Blues breakers, Eric Clapton briefly collaborated on a side project with Jack Bruce and Steve Winwood among others, recording only a few of tracks under the name Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse. In July 1966 he left the Blues breakers.

He was invited by drummer Ginger Baker to play in his newly formed band Cream in 1966 after he left the Blues breakers. The band disbanded in 1968. In 1969 he joined Blind Faith which was composed of Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. The group debuted on 7th June 1969 in London’s Hyde Park.

Clapton subsequently toured as a sideman for an act that had opened for Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. He also played two dates as a member of the Plastic Ono Band that autumn,including a recorded performance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival in September 1969 released as the album Live Peace in Toronto 1969.

Eric Clapton assembled a new band composed of Delaney and Bonnie’s former rhythm section, Bobby Whitlock as keyboardist and vocalist, Carl Radle as the bassist, and drummer Jim Gordon, with Clapton playing guitar. It was his intention to show that he need not fill a starring role, and functioned well as a member of an ensemble. The band was originally called “Eric Clapton and Friends”. The name “Derek and the Dominos” was a fluke that occurred when the band’s provisional name of “Del and the Dynamos” was misread as Derek and the Dominos.

Eric Clapton Age

Eric Clapton was born on 30th March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England.

Eric Clapton guitars

  1. 1960s Kay Jazz II
  2. 1963 Fender Telecaster
  3. 1961/62 Gretsch Chet Atkins Model 6120
  4. 1964 Gibson ES-335TDC
  5. 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard “Beano Burst”
  6. 1950s Gibson Les Paul Standard
  7. 1959/60 Gibson Les Paul Standard “Summers Burst”
  8. 1964 Gibson SG Standard ”The Fool”
  9. 1959/60 Gibson Les Paul Custom
  10. 1963/65 Gibson Reverse Firebird 1
  11. 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Darkburst)
  12. Les Paul Custom (Paul Kossoff)
  13. 1957 Gibson Les Paul “Lucy”
  14. Danelectro 3021 Shorthorn
  15. 1962 Fender Telecaster/Stratocaster Custom
  16. 1956 Fender Stratocaster “Brownie”
  17. 1950s Gibson Byrdland
  18. 1956 – 1957 Fender Stratocaster/Partcaster “Blackie”
  19. 1958 Gibson Korina Explorer
  20. Gibson Les Paul Standard
  21. 1983 Fender Stratocaster ’57 Reissue
  22. 1984 Roger Giffin Stratocaster #1
  23. 1982 Roland G-505
  24. 1984 Roger Giffin Stratocaster #2
  25. 1980s Fender Stratocaster Elite
  26. 1986 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Prototype (V000007)
  27. 1986 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Prototype (V000008)
  28. 1986 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Prototype (V000009)
  29. Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature (First Edition)
  30. 1996 The Gold Leaf Stratocaster EC1
  31. Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop “Crash”
  32. 2009 Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop

Eric Clapton’s Acoustic Guitars:

  1. 1939 Martin 000-42
  2. 1988 Guild Songbird Amber
  3. Martin 000-ECHF Bellezza Nera
  4. Martin 000-28EC
  5. Martin D-28
  6. Ramirez
  7. Dobro Resonator
  8. Martin OM-ECHF Navy Blues

Eric Clapton Bands and music groups

He has been a member of 9 groups namely;

  1. The Roosters
  2. Casey Jones and The Engineers
  3. The Yardbirds
  4. John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
  5. Cream
  6. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
  7. Blind Faith
  8. Derek & The Dominos
  9. Legends

Eric Clapton Awards and Honours

  • 2017: Made a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.
  • 2006: Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of Cream.
  • 2004: Promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), receiving the award from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace as part of the 2004 New Year Honours list.
  • 2000: 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.
  • 1995: Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music, as part of the 1995 New Year Honours list.
  • 1993: Song of the Year, “Tears in Heaven”, Grammy awards.
  • 1993: Record of the Year, “Tears in Heaven”, Grammy awards.
  • 1993: Male Pop Vocal Performance, “Tears in Heaven”, Grammy awards.
  • 1993: Album of the Year, ‘Unplugged’.
  • 1993: Best Rock Vocal Performance for Unplugged.
  • 1993: Best Rock Song for “Layla”
  • 1985: BAFTA for Best Original Television Music for Score of Edge of Darkness with Michael Kamen.
  • 1983: Silver Clef Award from Princess Michael of Kent for outstanding contribution to British music

Eric Clapton Wife – Eric Clapton Kids – Eric Clapton Marriages

In 1979 Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd and had no children. Clapton and Boyd tried unsuccessfully to have children, even trying in vitro fertilisation in 1984, but were faced instead with miscarriages. They divorced in 1988 following his affair with Italian model Lory Del Santo, who gave birth to their son, Conor, on 21 August 1986.  Conor died in 1991, at the age of four and a half, when he fell out of an open bedroom window on the 53rd floor of a Manhattan apartment building. The death of his son was the inspiration for Clapton’s song “Tears in Heaven.”

In 1984 while recording ‘Behind The Sun’, Clapton began a relationship with Yvonne Kelly, the manager of AIR Studios Montserrat. Although both were married to other partners at the time, they had a daughter,Ruth Kelly Clapton,  in January 1985.

In January 2002 Eric Clapton married Melia McEnery and they have three daughters: Julie Rose (born June 2001), Ella May (born 2003) and Sophie Belle (born 2005).

Eric Clapton Son

Eric Clapton’s affair with Italian model Lory Del Santo, produced a son, Conor, who was born on 21 August 1986.

Eric Clapton’s four-and-a-half-year-old son, Conor Clapton, fell out of an open window in the high-rise New York condominium he was living in with his mother, actress and Italian television personality Lory Del Santo.

Eric Clapton Daughters

Eric Clapton has 3 daughters namely ; Julie Rose Clapton, Ruth Clapton and Sophie Belle Clapton.

Eric Clapton’s Health

Eric Clapton has revealed that he’s “going deaf” while speaking about ongoing health problems in an interview with BBC Radio 2. The legendary singer/guitarist is the subject of new documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. Clapton was promoting the film when he opened up about his health during the interview. Confirming that he still plans to perform live, Clapton added: “The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my seventies and being able to be proficient. I mean, I’m going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work.”

Eric Clapton Father

Eric Clapton’s father is Edward Walter Fryer who was born on 21 March 1920 in Montreal, Canada and died on 15 May 1985. Eric Clapton was the only son of a brief encounter between 16-year-old Patricia Clapton and a 24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in England during Second World War.

“I never met my father,” Mr. Clapton told his biographer in 1985. “And I realized that the closest I ever came to looking into my father’s eyes was when I looked into my son’s eyes.”

Eric Clapton House

His Italian-style villa and home for several decades is called Hurtwood Edge. The house is included on the British Listed Buildings website with an in-depth description of architectural features and the many window features of the home.

The two-story house was built in 1910 by A.T. Bolton. It is constructed of Sandstone blocks and tiled roof with a lead roof over the porch. There is a colored stone paved terrace across the front of the house. 

Eric Clapton Tickets

You can buy tickets online or on his official website.

Eric Clapton Albums – Eric Clapton Discography

  1. 461 Ocean Boulevard
  2. There’s One In Every Crowd
  3. EC Was Here
  4. No Reason To Cry
  5. Slowhand
  6. Backless
  7. Just One Night
  8. Another Ticket
  9. Time Pieces
  10. Money And Cigarettes
  11. Time Pieces II – Live In The Seventies
  12. Behind The Sun
  13. August
  14. Crossroads
  15. Homeboy
  16. Journeyman
  17. 24 Nights
  18. Rush
  19. Unplugged
  20. From The Cradle
  21. Crossroads 2 – Live In The Seventies
  22. Pilgrim
  23. Riding With The King
  24. Reptile
  25. One More Car One More Rider
  26. Me And Mr Johnson
  27. Sessions For Robert J
  28. Back Home
  29. The Road To Escondido
  30. Live from Madison Square Garden
  31. Clapton
  32. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues
  33. Old Sock
  34. The Breeze An Appreciation Of JJ Cale
  35. Slowhand At 70 – Live At The Royal Albert Hall
  36. I Still Do
  37. Live In San Diego
  38. The Rainbow Concert

Eric Clapton Songs List

  1. Ain’t Going Down
  2. Angelica
  3. Another Ticket
  4. Anyday
  5. Anyone For Tennis
  6. Back Home
  7. Bad Boy
  8. Badge
  9. Bad Love
  10. Behind The Sun
  11. Believe In Life
  12. Bell Bottom Blues
  13. Bernard Jenkins
  14. Better Make It Through Today
  15. Black Summer Rain
  16. Blue Rock
  17. Blues Power
  18. Bottle of Red Wine
  19. Broken Hearted
  20. Carnival
  21. Catch Me If You Can
  22. Circus
  23. Comin’ Home
  24. Crying
  25. Don’t Blame Me
  26. Don’t Know Why
  27. Donna
  28. Double Crossing Time
  29. Easy Now
  30. Edge of Darkness (Instrumental)
  31. Falls Like Rain
  32. Find Myself
  33. Get Ready
  34. Give Me Strength
  35. Golden Ring
  36. Got To Get Better In A Little While
  37. Got To Hurry
  38. Hard To Thrill
  39. Heaven Is One Step Away
  40. Hello Old Friend
  41. High
  42. Hold Me Lord
  43. Hold On
  44. Holy Mother
  45. I Am Yours
  46. I Can’t Stand It
  47. Get Lost
  48. I Looked Away
  49. Innocent Times
  50. Inside of Me
  51. It All Depends
  52. It’s In The Way That You Use It
  53. Just Like A Prisoner
  54. Keep On Growing
  55. Lay Down Sally
  56. Layla
  57. Let It Grow
  58. Let It Rain
  59. Lonely Stranger
  60. Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me
  61. Lovin’ Your Lovin’
  62. Man In Love
  63. Man Overboard
  64. Miss You
  65. Modern Girl
  66. My Father’s Eyes
  67. Needs His Woman
  68. Never Make You Cry
  69. Next Time You See Her
  70. Old Love
  71. One Chance
  72. One More Chance
  73. One Track Mind
  74. Opposites
  75. Peaches & Diesel
  76. Pilgrim
  77. Pnom-Sen
  78. Presence of the Lord
  79. Pretty Blue Eyes
  80. Pretty Girl
  81. Reptile
  82. Revolution
  83. Rip Stop
  84. Rita Mae
  85. River of Tears
  86. Roll It
  87. Roll It Over
  88. Run Home To Me
  89. Same Old Blues
  90. Say What You Will
  91. Second Nature
  92. Seven
  93. She’s Gone
  94. She’s Waiting
  95. Sick and Tired
  96. Sienna
  97. Signe
  98. Slow Down Linda
  99. Slunky
  100. So Tired
  101. Snake Lake Blues
  102. Sno-god
  103. Something Special
  104. Son and Sylvia
  105. Strange Brew
  106. Sunshine of Your Love
  107. Superman Inside
  108. Take A Chance
  109. Tales of Brave Ulysses
  110. Tearing Us Apart
  111. Tears In Heaven
  112. Tell Me That You Love Me
  113. Tell The Truth
  114. The Core
  115. Theme From A Movie That Never Happened
  116. The Shape You’re In
  117. Three Little Girls
  118. To Make Somebody Happy
  119. Too Bad
  120. Watch Out For Lucy
  121. Water On The Ground
  122. What Else
  123. What She Wants
  124. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
  125. Wonderful Tonight
  126. You Were There

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