Happy Birthday Eric Clapton! (March 30, 1945)

Last Update: Mar 30, 2023

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Hi WA Friends!

Let's celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest Rock and Blues guitar players of all time! The man that's also known as "Slowhand," a name that came about from the slow hand clapping in the audience while Eric stayed on stage and replaced a broken guitar string.

Eric is also one of what is considered the British Holy Trinity of Rock Musicians: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page.

Eric was born in Surrey, England, in 1945. As a teenager, he became interested in the Blues and was heavily influenced by the music of Robert Johnson, B. B. King, Muddy Waters, and Freddie King.

The Yardbirds

Eric joined the Yardbirds in 1963. I remember hearing him playing on the tune "For Your Love." It was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar.

The Blues Breakers

Eric was replaced in the Yardbirds by Jeff Beck when he left to join John Mayall & the Blues Breakers in 1965.

Here's the album that became my Blues bible for learning guitar riffs. It was also known as the "Beano" album because Eric is reading the Beano, a children's comic book. It's still regarded as some of Eric's finest work!

Cream๏ปฟ

In 1966, Eric left the Blues Breakers to form his own band, Cream, with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. "Sunshine Of Your Love" was another one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar. This band epitomized the 60s psychedelic era. I saw Cream play at Madison Square Garden, and they did an incredible show!

Perhaps you remember the custom-painted Gibson SG guitar called "The Fool" (from the Tarot card) that Eric played in the early days of Cream. You can't get more "60s" than this!

The Fool Guitar

Blind Faith๏ปฟ

Despite Cream's immense success, they disbanded in 1968, and Eric formed the short-lived group called Blind Faith with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech.

Solo Career๏ปฟ

After Blind Faith broke up, Eric embarked on a solo career, which is ongoing, although at 78 years old, he has scaled back his touring schedule quite a bit.

Discography

Eric's solo albums: ALL essential listening, but if you have to pick one, check out "Another Ticket" or "From The Cradle."

  • Eric Clapton (1970)
  • 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)
  • There's One in Every Crowd (1975)
  • No Reason to Cry (1976)
  • Slowhand (1977)
  • Backless (1978)
  • Another Ticket (1981)
  • Money and Cigarettes (1983)
  • Behind the Sun (1985)
  • August (1986)
  • Journeyman (1989)
  • Rush (1992, soundtrack)
  • From the Cradle (1994)
  • Pilgrim (1998)
  • Reptile (2001)
  • Me and Mr. Johnson (2004)
  • Sessions for Robert J (2004)
  • Back Home (2005)
  • Clapton (2010)
  • Old Sock (2013)
  • I Still Do (2016)
  • Happy Xmas (2018)

Collaboration Albums:

  • Riding with the King (with B.B. King) (2000)
  • The Road to Escondido (with J. J. Cale) (2006)
  • The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale (by Eric Clapton & Friends) (2014)

Happy Birthday, Eric! ๐ŸŽ‚

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
๏ปฟFrank ๐ŸŽธ๏ปฟ๏ปฟ

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Truly a great musician -- Meant to answer this message much sooner, but spend so much time responding to all the answers I'm getting on the daily posts that I get behind...better late than never.

You give us such good info about these music greats. I hope you continue. Those of us who love music can appreciate them. Hope he had a good birthday.

Thanks, Fran & no worries about getting a little behind!

I'm so glad you like the musical posts. Musicians, like yourself, can really appreciate what these players have accomplished. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Happy birthday to Eric. I loved every song he ever did, some written with a heavy heart(tears in heaven) and some written through love. (Layla). He has a flair for a blues style all his own.

One of my first albums was the yardbirds. I think I still have it.

Great post, Frank!

Chet

Thanks, Chet!

He a totally awesome guitar player!

Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

My dad and Uncle in my growing up years hated Eric, Led Zepplin, sad but they wore out my Peter Framton comes alive album many times over.

I have had the pleasure of dancing with many a beauties back in the day to his song Cocaine.

You remind me a lot of my little brother, I just listened to the music, my brother went down deep rabbit holes. Knows most everything you just posted here.

OH, fun times, many more to come. Music is alive in us all.

Haha, That's great, Scott! ๐Ÿ‘

By The Way, in case you didn't know, Eric didn't write Cocaine. It was written by J.J Cale, along with After Midnight. Eric covered these songs and made them both famous! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Well Bless Eric and JJ Cale, I got to hug and dance with many a pretty gal over that song. God Bless America and music!

Haha! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽธ

I've been around for most of Eric's work. He is certainly legendary. Man-oh-man, what he's seen... Phew! The riff from Sunshine Of Your Love is an earworm that infects at the mention of the song.
Thanks for the great info, Frank.๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ
Rock on, Eric!

Dave

Hi, Dave

Yes, Eric is a fantastic player! I was lucky enough to live through all of the 60s, and it was an absolute blast!

I like that quirky Dorian-based guitar solo in Sunshine of Your Love! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Rock On!๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

"For Your Love" a timeless classic. The Yardbirds, and Blindfaith were great! But Cream was one of my favorite bands in the 60s music that brings back some " colorful" memories. Never could listen to them enough.

Hi, David

Cream was also one of my favorite bands.

My high school band used to play to the extended version of "Spoonful," the Howling Wolf tune they covered on their album "Wheels Of Fire."

I learned that guitar solo note-for-note. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

I'm a big fan of Eric Clapton and have been for years. Recently happened across Steve Winwood and liked his playing too. I'm not myself a musician though I am married to one.

Hi, Rosana

That's great!

If you like the band "Traffic," Steve Winwood was the vocalist and played guitar and keyboard.

You should think about taking up an instrument! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Frank ๐ŸŽธ

I have too many other things to do! I considered taking up an instrument before, but now that I'm 80, I think I will let it pass!

If you get some free time donโ€™t let your age stop you. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Happy birthday. Great post

Thanks, Larry! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

So glad you enjoyed it!

Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Happy Birthday

Thanks for commenting, Lamatha! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽธ

I used to have that album, Blues breakers. Wonder how much one of the original pressings go for. It makes we weep when I remember the great record collection I hadโ€ฆar well..memories.lol.
I wonder how Clapton will celebrate, a cup of tea..hehe. Nothing like he used to.
Stephen

Hi, Stephen

An unopened original pressing of the Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton album would sell for thousands to the right collector. I have one that's beat to hell from all the times I copied guitar licks off it.

I don't know about just tea for his Birthday, but nothing like he used to. He was recently pulled over for speeding through London with his Porsche. ๐ŸŽ๏ธ

He almost killed himself about 15 times back in the early seventies with all those drugs! Lucky for us that he didn't! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Just found this photo, who is that young guitarist.

Haha, That's Jimi Hendrix! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽธ

๐ŸŽธ ???? ๐Ÿฅ–. Lol. Yup.

My wife and l have seen him four times ln concert puts on a good show awesome

Haha, Eric puts on an awesome show. I've seen him five or six times over the years, once with B.B. King! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽธ

Awesome

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