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  • Trivia

    • Eric's song, "Pilgrim", is on the Lethal Weapon 4 soundtrack.

    • In 1977, Eric released the solo album Slowhand.

    • Eric performed in the Rainbow Concert, organized by The Who's Pete Townshend, at London's Rainbow Theatre in 1973. This is considered a comeback concert for him, as he was coming off a brief hiatus from music.

    • In 1970, Eric released his debut solo album Eric Clapton.

    • In 1975, Eric released a solo album entitled There's One in Every Crowd.

    • In 1975, Eric Clapton released a live E.P. entitled E.C. was here.

    • In 1974, Clapton released a solo album entitled 461 Ocean Boulevard.

    • In some shots of Tommy, Clapton can be seen wearing a fake beard because he shaved off his beard after the initial takes.

    • Eric passed out on stage during 1971's Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, but still continued the show.

    • Eric has brown eyes.

    • Eric is right handed.

    • Eric wrote the song Layla about his undying love for Patti Boyd Harrison. She however was married to his good friend George Harrison at the time. Time was on Eric's side however as he married her 9 years later.

    • In 1995, Eric received the Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.) award. It is one of the top ranking awards given in Britain.

    • Eric is the only artist to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. He was inducted as part of The Yardbirds in 1992, as part of Cream in 1993, and as a solo artist in 2000.

    • Eric has played with or been a part of the following bands: The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie, Derek and the Dominoes, The Dirty Mac, Power House, and The Plastic Ono Band.

    • In 1996, Eric dated friend and fellow musician Sheryl Crow.

    • Eric has a daughter with Yvonne Kelly. She was born in 1986 but she was not known to people until 1993.

    • Eric had a son named was Conor with Lori Del Santo. Eric wrote the song Tears in Heaven after Conor fell out of the 53rd floor of an apartment building to his death on March 20, 1991.

    • Clapton has played famous guitars named Brownie and Blackie. They are Fender Stratocasters.

    • On January 1 2002, Eric married Melia McEnery and are still married at the present. They have 3 children.

    • Eric married Pattie Boyd on March 27,1979 and they divorced in June of 1988.

    • Eric got the nickname God because of his fabulous guitar playing. He astounded the whole English culture with it.

    • Eric had attended Art School with Keith Relf, of the Yardbirds, a band he would later join.

    • Eric started playing guitar when he was 14. He had many performers as his influences. People like B.B.King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker.

    • Until Eric was 53 years old he didn't know who his father was. He found out that his father was a Canadian pilot.

    • Eric grew up thinking his grandmother was his real mother and his mother was his older sister. His mom left him when she married a Canadian man and moved to Canada.

    • Eric is one of the few singers who never changed his name when he hit stardom. He was born Eric Patrick Clapton.

    • Eric produced a benefit in 1999 which was called Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua.

    • Eric produced his film Eric Clapton: Session for Robert J in 2004.

    • Eric was The Preacher in the 1975 hit Tommy featuring The Who.

    • Eric also was a Louisiana Gator Boys in the movie Blues Brothers 2000.

    • Eric was a performer in Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05.

    • Eric was born on March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England, UK.

    • Eric earned the nickname Slowhand because his forceful string-bending often resulted in broken guitar strings, which he would replace onstage while the crowd engaged in a slow hand-clapping.

  • Quotes

    • Eric Clapton: You were at school and you were pimply and no one wanted to know you. You get into a group and you've got thousands of chicks there.

    • Eric Clapton: You know, that's it, there's no turning back because what it's made of is so fine. It's like crystal, you know, it's like the purest crystal.

    • Eric Clapton: You know why, I bumped into Long John Baldry very early on in those days and he was a big hero and there was a couple of other guys too that would play, once I started making excursions up to London a guy called Wess Jones and another guy called Buck, who all played country blues and folk.

    • Eric Clapton: Yeah, I wanted to know where they got it from, what it was all about, you know, and it seemed to strike something in me that was you know rearing it's head and I still don't know what that is.

    • Eric Clapton: Yeah, and I went straight into a fantasy world. Just stepped straight into the abyss. You know, I was gone and kids used to walk past my front room, cause I lived on the green.

    • Eric Clapton: When you came knocking on the door this morning I was quite happy playing the guitar, for fun, I mean and not practicing and I'll always be that way.

    • Eric Clapton: When I remember how infused and kind of single minded I was then. It setv me in good stead for all the years later.

    • Eric Clapton: When I first was aware of him, a little longer than that, I was into him, well into him. I was talking to Mark Knopfler about him. Mark said he'd been offered the job of producing Robert Cray and he wasn't that interested.

    • Eric Clapton: Very much like that, and very much a loner, do you know and I didn't fit really into sport or all kind of group activities as a kid, I couldn't find a niche. And music was not really part of the kind of village curriculum it would, you know.

    • Eric Clapton: his moment in time, on this tour, you know, I'm discovering a lot of new things. And to be 45 and doing that, it's a mixture of pleasure and pain, I can assure you.

    • Eric Clapton: They looked great, you know the drawings of the guys playing looked great and bits of string around their necks. So it didn't seem to be that difficult a thing to do, or that inaccessible.

    • Eric Clapton: The first one was quite cheap, but that was expensive for us. For my folks to buy on the Never Never. It was quite, you know, a rare object to have and I gained quite a lot of status by having this.

    • Eric Clapton: One summer I remember, I got exposed to Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly and Buddy Holly was a very very big, made a very big impression on me. Because of a lot of things, you know, the way he looked and his charisma.

    • Eric Clapton: Once I got into Broonzy, I kind of very, and I realized that Chuck Berry was black, I quickly switched off white players.

    • Eric Clapton: Oh yeah, I mean, it wasn't a very good guitar, most good guitars have got thrust rods in the necks that you can adjust or that'll keep them in shape, you know keep them straight. This one just, well it turned into a bow and arrow after a couple of months.

    • Eric Clapton: Leave bands, go back to obscurity if I choose to, without a great sense of loss of security because it's all been based on the fact that I did it on my own or was doing, enjoying doing it on my own in the first place.

    • Eric Clapton: It's very dependent on your state of mind. And your emotional state as well. And a lot of it comes pouring out, you don't really have that much control with it.

    • Eric Clapton: It was stumbling on to really the bible of the blues, you know, and a very powerful drug to be introduced to us and I absorbed it totally, and it changed my complete outlook on music.

    • Eric Clapton: It was a mystery to me, how the tuning was, or the style seemed to come out of nowhere, it obviously had roots in America going way back, there was nothing like it for me I'd ever seen before.

    • Eric Clapton: In your front room, yeah. It was terrible. Really wrong thing to do at the Albert Hall is to have a boxing match. It's got a very genteel, sophisticated and yet comfortable atmosphere. Like it is like a club.

    • Eric Clapton: I've got the god given talent or the god given opportunity better put, to let that out in a harmless way you know, and I don't know what it does to you, I don't really know.

    • Eric Clapton: I used to sit on the top of the stairs, so that you got echo, you know, to up, to down and got a good sound out of it. And also I tell you what encouraged me was there was a big skiffle boom happening, and you know there were ads for guitars, very cheap guitars.

    • Eric Clapton: I mean, it didn't matter to me that there were people, it didn't matter that I was shy. Just the sound was so captivating that it helped me to get rid of those inhibitions.

    • Eric Clapton: I mean I got very racist for quite a while about white musicians. And for instance when the people around Kingston at some point discovered Bob Dylan and it was a couple of before times are a changin' the freewheeling Bob Dylan became very popular.

    • Eric Clapton: I just managed to convince my grandmother that it was a worth while that was something to do, you know, and when I did finally get the guitar, it didn't seem that difficult to me, to be able to make a good noise out of it.

    • Eric Clapton: I don't have half the nerves there that I have anywhere else.

    • Eric Clapton: Although they can do it all the time, you know, they're far better than me, on a musically, on a theoretical music level. You know, they're out of my league.

    • Eric Clapton: A British pressing with a compilation of the best stuff really, I mean actually not only that but, these were all kind of semi hits for the people on it in America.

    • Eric Clapton: I just managed to convince my grandmother that it was a worth while that was something to do, you know, and when I did finally get the guitar, it didn't seem that difficult to me, to be able to make a good noise out of it.

    • Eric Clapton: I don't have half the nerves there that I have anywhere else.

    • Eric Clapton: Although they can do it all the time, you know, they're far better than me, on a musically, on a theoretical music level. You know, they're out of my league.

    • Eric Clapton: A British pressing with a compilation of the best stuff really, I mean actually not only that but, these were all kind of semi hits for the people on it in America.

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