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Eric Clapton

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.

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Eric Clapton Celebrates 70th Anniversary With Famous Friends at Madison Square Garden

Better late than never: Eric Clapton belatedly celebrated his 70th birthday on May 1, gathering a few friends and several thousand of his closest fans together for a concert at Madison Square Garden.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Everything You Need to Know About the Yardbirds

In this installment of 'Everything You Need To Know About,' we focus on the Yardbirds – a band that carries the distinction of being both celebrated and yet under-appreciated at the same time. 

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Reprise

25 Years Ago: Eric Clapton’s Driving License Suspended

Slowhand, lead foot.

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Top 10 Eric Clapton Songs

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

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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Central Press, Getty Images

36 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Marries Pattie Boyd

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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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

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

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

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Eric Clapton Announces Madison Square Garden Concerts

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

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Warner Bros.

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

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

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Warner Bros.

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

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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