Eric Clapton is one of the world’s pre-eminent blues/rock guitarists. His story spans five decades and includes legendary 1960s stints with the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the seminal Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends and Derek and the Dominos, and culminates from the early ’70s onward in his career as a solo artist.
The only triple inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Yardbirds, a member of Cream and as a solo artist), Clapton has earned numerous Grammys and other awards worldwide. His admirers comprise a veritable who’s who of music cognoscenti, and not for nothing has he been dubbed a musicians musician.
The driving force behind all of Clapton’s success has always been and will remain the music, particularly the blues. This first love inspired a boy from the small village of Ripley in Surrey, England, to pick up a guitar and attempt to emulate his heroes, in so doing becoming a hero to millions himself.
Few artists are as dear and important to the Fender name and legacy as signature artist Eric Clapton. For a complete and more extensive online biography, visit “A Brief Biography of Eric Clapton.”