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Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton may have the most impressive résumé in rock ‘n’ roll history, having played in the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluebreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos. He’s also racked up a solo career that spans more than 40 years and includes a pair of No. 1 albums, a No. 1 single and guest spots on records by his famous friends. Through it all, he’s carved out a reputation as one of the greatest guitar players of all time, a student of traditional music who helped spearhead the blues-rock movement of the late ‘60s with his fiery leads and clear tone. On his best work – early records by the Yardbirds, Cream’s brief catalog, the Dominos’ one album and even solo albums like ‘461 Ocean Boulevard’ and ‘Slowhand’ – Clapton has proven to be a team player whose sharp guitar skills naturally gravitate toward the spotlight.

Top 10 Eric Clapton Songs

Eric Clapton
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Eric Clapton boasts one of the most storied discographies in rock 'n' roll.

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50 Years Ago: Jeff Beck Replaces Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds

Yardbirds
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In their brief five-year history, the Yardbirds gained a reputation as the breeding ground for three of classic rock’s most legendary guitarists.

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36 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Marries Pattie Boyd

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Central Press, Getty Images

After years of delay, on March 27, 1979, Eric Clapton finally married Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of his friend George Harrison and the inspiration for the songs "Something," "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight."

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24 Years Ago: Eric Clapton’s Son Killed in 49-Story Fall

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

On March 20, 1991, Eric Clapton suffered a parent's worst nightmare.

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Eric Clapton Announces Madison Square Garden Concerts

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Eric Clapton will celebrate his 70th birthday with several thousand of his biggest fans.

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30 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases the Glossy, Misunderstood ‘Behind the Sun’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Often overlooked and generally derided, Eric Clapton's Behind the Sun tends to challenge your expectations, even your memory, today.

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32 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases Post-Rehab Album ‘Money and Cigarettes’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Having just emerged from rehab for alcoholism, Eric Clapton says he named 'Money and Cigarettes' -- which was released in February 1983 -- after "all I saw myself having left."

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198 Shows + Counting: The History of Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall

Frank Micelotta, Getty Images
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Eric Clapton has played at London's famed Royal Albert Hall nearly 200 times.

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25 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Gets His Groove Back on ‘Journeyman’

Eric Clapton, 'Journeyman'
Reprise

Eric Clapton sold his share of records and had his share of hit singles during the '80s, but to say it wasn't his best decade would be a polite understatement.

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Eric Clapton Leads Musical Farewell at Jack Bruce’s Funeral

Eric Clapton
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Eric Clapton led a musical tribute to Jack Bruce at his former Cream bandmate's funeral in North London earlier today, singing the Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields Forever' with help from friends and family.

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