Eric Clapton was born in Surrey England on March 30, 1945. He began playing music and listening to blues while at Kensington College of Art. In 1963 he was recruited as a member of the Yardbirds because of his reputation on the R&B pub circuit. In his 18 months with the group, he recorded the albums “Five Live Yardbirds” and “Sonny Boy Williamson And The Yardbirds” as well as their single “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”. Clapton left the group after they moved to a more commercial sound with “For Your Love”. In 1965, he joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
In 1966, Clapton teamed up with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form Cream. Their hits included “Sunshine Of Your Love” (1967), “White Room” (1968) and “Crossroads” (1968) and “Badge” became a staple of FM Rock radio. In 1968 Clapton contributed the guitar solo to the Beatle’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on their “White Album”.
When Cream broke up in 1968, he formed Blind Faith, regarded as the first supergroup. In 1970, Clapton formed Derek and The Dominos which recorded ”Layla And Other Love Songs”. The title track became a hit single and joined “Bell Bottom Blues” from the album a favorite of FM rock radio. He participated in “The Concert for Bangladesh” which won a 172 Grammy as Album of the Year.
In 1974 Clapton’s solo album “461 Ocean Boulevard” spawned the #1 hit “I Shot The Sheriff”. After a couple of other solo efforts, his 1977 release, “Slowhand” produced two major hits, “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight”. In 1988 Eric Clapton’s body of work was celebrated in a four compact disc set “Crossroads”.
His album “Unplugged” contained “Tears In Heaven” and acoustic version of “Layla” that returned that song to the charts and won him five 1992 Grammy Awards. In 1994 his “From The Cradle” album contained the single “Change The World” which won a Grammy. In 1990, Clapton won a Grammy for “Bad Love” a track from his “Journeyman” album.
In 2000, Eric Clapton became the only triple inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when he was inducted as a solo artist after having been inducted as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. In 2010 he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.