Eric Clapton-The Three Time Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer At 72 Years Old :

Slowhand The Three Time Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer At 72 Years Old. 

In music we all have different tastes, and may like artists of different genres. That being said there are a select few artists, and musicians who are so influential, and their body of work is so immeasurable that you can’t put them into one category. The music they made has been a part of pretty much every style of music ever made. Eric Clapton is one of those very few musicians. 
Forget Keith Richards. The fact that Eric Clapton is still alive at seventy two years old, and still looks so good is what’s truly amazing. When you think back to the early 1970s, and how he was so addicted to heroin that he couldn’t function without it, even to do a show like The Concert For Bangladesh, George Harrison had to send people to pull him out of his house, and even needed to shoot up right before the show so he could stand up straight. This was a man who did everything he could to die in the 1970s, yet he’s still here, looks better at seventy than he did at thirty, happy, for the most part healthy, (although he is fighting bronchitis right now, and had to cancel some tour dates) and still playing live all over the world. 
Not that it’s been all sunshine and roses either. Having to deal with a very hard recovery from drugs, and alcohol, being so addicted that in his words he would never would have committed suicide, because he wouldn’t have been able to have a drink. To losing his young four year old son Connor when he fell out of an open bedroom window on a 53rd floor apartment building. (That tragedy would inspire the song “Tears In Heaven”). As always though Eric would bounce back, getting clean from drugs, and alcohol, also from his depression. He would found his the “Crossroads” Center to help others fighting addiction, also selling some of his most prized possessions to fund it. (His legendary guitar blackie was auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dolllars). He also would right many wrongs that happened during his addictions. Making things right with former wife Pattie Boyd, giving her a settlement, and property. Also reuniting with his former two members of Cream, which allowed them to also have Financial stability for their golden years. Sadly Jack Bruce passed away a few years ago, but at least got to take part in the reunion he always wanted.
The not one, not two, but three time Rock And Roll Hall of Famer (no one else has accomplished that feat). Doesn’t matter if it’s The Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Derek And The Dominos, Blind Faith, sitting in on sessions with The Beatles, (he’s one of the very few people to ever work with all four Beatles together and separately) or just doing his solo thing, he has a resume unprecedented when compared to most other musicians. Some people call him God, some people call him Derek, some people call him Slowhand. No matter what you call him he’s the one and only Eric Clapton, maybe with the exception of Jimi Hendrix, the most influential guitar player to ever live, and now with the recent death of Chuck Berry he’s the most iconic guitar player alive today. The true definition of what a “living legend” is. 

Essential Albums : 
 The Yardbirds

Five Live Yardbirds (1964)

For Your Love (1964) 

Having A Rave Up (1965) 

Sonny Boy Williamson And The Yardbirds (1965) 

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers :  

Blues Breakers (With Eric Clapton) (1966) 

Cream : 

Fresh Cream (1966) 

Disraeli Gears (1967) 

Wheels Of Fire (1968) 

Goodbye (1969) 

Live Cream (1970) 

BBC Sessions (2003) 

Royal Albert Hall London (2005) 

Blind Faith : 

Blind Faith (1969) 

John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band : 

Live Peace In Toronto (1969)  

Derek And The Dominos 

Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) 

In Concert (1973) 

Solo Albums : 

Eric Clapton (1970) 

Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert (1973) 

461 Ocean Boulevard (1974) 

There’s One In Every Crowd (1975) 

No Reason To Cry (1976) 

Slowhand (1977) 

Backless (1978) 

Just One Night (1980) 

Journeyman (1989) 

24 Nights (1991) 

Unplugged (1993)

From The Cradle (1994) 

Riding With The King (With B.B. King (2000) 

Me And Mr. Johnson (2004)

Clapton (2010) 


Jesse Vejar

Jesse Vejar

Executive Editor - From Tucson, Arizona. Electrical Engineer/Music Historian. Lover of all genres of music. Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers. Fav Metal Bands, Priest, Maiden.
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