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.
On May 11, 1995, nearly five years after the helicopter crash that killed him, some of Stevie Ray Vaughan's talented peers united on a single stage to pay tribute to a life and career that ended too soon.
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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