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Eric Patrick Clapton, , (born 1945) is an English musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time".

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop". For most of the 1970s, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded while he was a member of band Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by band Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven", which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 17 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

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Eric Clapton announces plans to quit touring

Eric Clapton announces plans to quit touring

Guitarist says life on the road is "unbearable and unapproachable"

  • Jun 27, 2014

Eric Clapton apologises to fans in Glasgow after walking off stage during gig

Guitarist ended Scottish show early following 'technical fault'

  • Jun 23, 2014

Keith Richards joins Eric Clapton onstage at Madison Square Garden

Rolling Stones guitarist makes appearance in New York at Crossroads Festival

  • Apr 15, 2013

Eric Clapton-owned watch fetches £2.3 million at auction

The piece is the handiwork of Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe

  • Nov 13, 2012

Eric Clapton sells painting for £21million

Guitarist pockets a fortune after flogging Gerhard Richter artwork

  • Oct 13, 2012

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