Eric Clapton(1945-), Musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter and member of 'Cream' and 'Yardbirds'
Eric Patrick Clapton
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Rock and Blues Guitarist. Began his recording career with The Yardbirds before forming Cream, the short-lived and influential group with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Sought relative anonymity in Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominoes before launching a solo career. The tragic death of his four year old son inspired Tears in Heaven (1992) his most successful song after Layla (1972) and I Shot the Sheriff (1974). Recorded chart-topping album From the Cradle in 1994 winning a Grammy. Awarded an OBE in 1995.
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by David Wedgbury