Artist Name: Eric Clapton

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Eric ClaptonEric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.

In the mid-1960s Clapton left the Yardbirds to play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop". After Cream broke up, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. Clapton's solo career began in the 1970s, where his work bore the influence of the mellow style of J. J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded with Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven", which was featured on his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004 he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He has received four Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his solo career, Clapton has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

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Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

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Layla - Eric Clapton

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Cocaine - Eric Clapton

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Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

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I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton

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Change The World - Eric Clapton

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Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton

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After Midnight - Eric Clapton

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My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton

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Old Love - Eric Clapton

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Let It Grow - Eric Clapton

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Let It Rain - Eric Clapton

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Running on Faith - Eric Clapton

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Promises - Eric Clapton

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Alberta - Eric Clapton

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Before You Accuse Me - Eric Clapton

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Hey Hey - Eric Clapton

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Lonely Stranger - Eric Clapton

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Bad Love - Eric Clapton

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Forever Man - Eric Clapton

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Signe - Eric Clapton

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Walkin' Blues - Eric Clapton

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Malted Milk - Eric Clapton

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Pretending - Eric Clapton

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I Can't Stand It - Eric Clapton

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She's Waiting - Eric Clapton

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Badge - Eric Clapton

Badge

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Bell Bottom Blues - Eric Clapton

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River of Tears - Eric Clapton

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White Room - Eric Clapton

White Room

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Blue Eyes Blue - Eric Clapton

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Hello Old Friend - Eric Clapton

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Crossroads - Eric Clapton

Crossroads

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Sweet Home Chicago - Eric Clapton

Sweet Home Chicago

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Blues Power - Eric Clapton

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Motherless Child - Eric Clapton

Motherless Child

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Rollin' & Tumblin' - Eric Clapton

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Motherless Children - Eric Clapton

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I Feel Free - Eric Clapton

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