The 10 Pivotal Moments In Eric Clapton’s Career
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What made Eric Clapton the “Eric Clapton” of rock and blues. Clapton is known and regarded as one of the most successful and influential guitarists in rock music. From guitar soloing, to becoming a frontman of various bands who shared the same spotlight with Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, Clapton has surely reached the top of the rock n’ roll hierarchy and continues to inspire today. Now here’s a quick recap of Clapton’s career and picking out a few key moments that made his name along the way.
10. Clapton Becomes a Yardbird
When Clapton joined the English rock outfit The Yardbirds, which paved the way for him to secure a good place in music. He played on a number of breakthrough tracks, such as “I Wish You Would” and “Good Morning, School Girl.”
9. Clapton Joins Cream
When he joined another rock outfit, Cream, which also successfully produced a number of hits. They are notably known for “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room.”
8. Clapton Plays on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
Let’s not also forget when Clapton played on “While my guitar gently weeps” by The Beatles, an offer he initially refused. Clapton, who had long praised George Harrison and developed a friendship with the group, was asked to overdub lead guitar for the track.
7. Clapton Lays it all Bare With “Layla”
When Clapton penned one of the most famous songs of his entire career, “Layla.” It was when he joined the group, Derek and the Dominos, he wrote a song inspired by a forbidden love Clapton had for Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd.
6. Clapton takes on Bob Marley
When Clapton traded in Bob Marley’s Reggae for soft rock on a cover of “I Shot the Sheriff,” as part of his album 461 Ocean Boulevard which claimed the No. 1 spot on the charts at that time.
5. Clapton takes on Acting in Tommy
Clapton played the preacher in the satirical film, Tommy, delivering a gospel-driven performance of “Eyesight to the Blind” with an electric guitar in tow.
4. Clapton Joins The Band for their “Last Waltz”
When Clapton joined The Band in bidding their final goodbye in the Martin Scorcese–directed film The Last Waltz. During the performance, he took on lead guitar duties and sang through the song alongside Robbie Robertson.
3. Clapton Writes “Tears In Heaven”
When he wrote the song “Tears in heaven” after the tragic death of his four-year-old son Conor. Clapton gave one of his most famed performances with the song during an MTV Unplugged performance in Berkshire, England.
2. Clapton Takes a Ride with The King
When Clapton released a collaboration album with B.B. King in 2000 taking on some of the King’s best tracks to celebrate his Blues roots.
1. Clapton Gives Fans Nothing But the Blues
Last but definitely not the least is when he released his latest album, Nothing But the Blues. A live album that features performances recorded in 1994 during a show at the Fillmore in San Francisco, an album which proves his lifelong love affair with the blues.