He also has an elder daughter with Yvonne Kelly. On the strength of their first three albums Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, and Wheels of Fire and extensive touring, the band achieved a level of international fame approaching that of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and Clapton became even more almighty in the minds of his fans. His grandparents never legally adopted him, but remained his legal guardians until 1963. In addition to new solo material, Eric recorded covers of Robert Johnson songs during these sessions. Clapton has enjoyed a high profile in recent years with his touring, television documentaries, numerous biographies, and an annual season of concerts at Londons Royal Albert Hall. By the end of the '70s, he had finally embraced his role as the preeminent guitarist of his generation, and also tempered his virtuosity with pretty ballads. He became moody and distant and stopped applying himself at school.
Cales Cocaine, and John Martyns May You Never. During his 18-month tenure with The Yardbirds, he earned his nickname, Slowhand, and recorded his first albums: Five Live Yardbirds and Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds. Harrison, unaware of this, invited him to play at his historic The Concert For Bangla Desh in August 1971. This singular event affected him deeply and was a defining moment in his life. The following years Back Home was a celebration of contentment and family life.
After conquering his heroin addiction in the early 70s, Eric replaced it with an addiction to alcohol. Although he rarely emerged from his Surrey Estate, he filled box upon box with tapes of songs. It reached the Top Ten in the U. In late 2002, he began to record a new studio album. One of the London concerts was released in audio and video formats as Slowhand at 70. Through the emotional truth of his music, he has sought refuge and release from the suffering of drug and alcohol addiction, personal relationships gone awry, and the deaths of several loved ones.
January 2003 and Sophie b. It was extraordinarily difficult for an unmarried 16-year-old to raise a child on her own in the mid-1940s. A whole new audience, many of whom had never heard of the Yardbirds or Cream, saw Clapton as a wholesome, healthy individual with few vices, and no cobwebs in his attic. Upon his return from Greece, Eric rejoined the Bluesbreakers. For his 13th birthday, Eric asked for a guitar.
Clapton's meandering and groundbreaking musical career has been punctuated by extreme personal hardship and tragedy. After conquering his heroin addiction in the early 70s, Eric replaced it with an addiction to alcohol. Finding the inexpensive German-made Hoyer difficult to play - it had steel strings - he put it aside. The worlds premier living rock guitarist will be forever grateful to his grandparents, for they gave him his first guitar. Cream lasted just over two years, and shortly after their demise Clapton was back with Baker, this time in Blind Faith. Archived from on 1 February 2013. Eric was raised in a musical household.
But, Eric had not abandoned his serious research into the American Blues. January 1985 is married with two young sons. As a final bonus for his many fans he played three kinds of concerts, dividing the season with a series of blues nights, orchestral nights and regular nights. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and others. He incorporated the emotion of the original performances into his own style of playing, thus expanding the vocabulary of blues guitar. Upon his return from Greece, Eric rejoined the Bluesbreakers. As an adolescent, Clapton glimpsed the future when he tuned in to a Jerry Lee Lewis appearance on British television.
Three years later, issued , a collection of tunes honoring the Mississippi-born bluesman. He has given concerts in 58 countries across six continents and played to over 2 billion people. International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — Austria. Although still addicted, this represented a turning point in his life, and following pleas from his girlfriends father, Lord Harlech, he entered the Harley Street clinic of Dr Meg Patterson for treatment. After leaving the Bluesbreakers for a second and final time in July 1966, Eric teamed up with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form Cream.
The fact that it took so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for someone of his stature. He also began composing more. Quiet and polite, he was characterized as an above-average student with an aptitude for art. Derek and the Dominos crumbled during the course of an American tour and an aborted attempt to record a second album. While guitar aficionados might have been disappointed, those monitoring Claptons new improved voice were impressed, notably with the slick cover version of James Taylors Dont Let Me Be Lonely Tonight. Finding the inexpensive German-made Hoyer difficult to play - it had steel strings - he put it aside.