ERIC CLAPTON:GUITAR LEGEND

Giovanny Lopez, Gwen Wenck

THE BEGINNING OF GREATNESS

Eric Patrick Clapton was born, March 30, 1945, in Ripley, Surrey, UK. He was brought up by his grandparents John and Rose Clapton. Around his teen years, he went to art school and was inspired by blues legend such as, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson. Afterwards, he started rocking in clubs and pubs.

ROADTRIP TO FAME

When Clapton was nine years he received a guitar for Christmas. His grandmother taught him how to play. He got inspired to work with blues while at art school and listened to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Clapton was a member of various bands such as, The Roosters, Derek and the Dominoes, Cream, The Blues Breakers, and, The Yard Birds. Together the band Cream put together a variety of hit's including," Sunshine of your love'', and a cool version of Robert Johnson's, "Crossroads". While solo he made an album titled "461 Ocean Boulevard" (Released in 1974), featuring his version of Bob Marley's hit "I shot the sheriff".

TIME PERIOD AND IMPORTANT DATES

During the time of his birth in the 1940's, segregation was going on. In 1988, he received a Grammy Award. In 2000, he was put in the hall of fame.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Composed music in several movies
  • only three time rock 'n roll hall of fame
  • addicted to drugs at one point in his life
  • over three bands through out his music career