Biography of Eric Clapton Essay

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Biography of Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England. He was born the illegitimate child of Patricia Molly Clapton, who could not afford to raise him at the time. He spent his life being raised by his grandparents, Rose and Jack Clapp, who, until he was nine, shielded him from the fact that he was illegitimate. They pretended they were his parents, while his real mother claimed to be his sister. Even after Clapton knew that he was, in fact, a bastard, he would still visit his mother, and she would still pretend to be his sister.

From an early age, Clapton had an aptitude for art and especially for music. At age 14, his grandparent bought him a £14 guitar,
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Clapton then left the Bluesbreakers in 1966 in order to start his own band, Cream, with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. Clapton wished to start a musical revolution and change what people thought about music, with which he succeeded. His band very quickly became on of the most prominent bands of the 60s, even beginning to be compared with the all time greats of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. However, because of arguing egos among the band members and drug use in all of them, they broke up in 1969. Clapton, however, got back together with Baker and with bassist Rich Green and Traffic's Steve Winwood to record one album as Blind Faith, rock's first "supergroup". They released one cd and went on a 24 city tour in America, the stress from which caused the band to break up not even one year after it was formed.

Clapton kept busy for a while with lesser bands and small-time performances, during which time he was influenced the most. He was involved in a complicated love triangle with his friend, George Harrison's, wife (who he eventually married in 1979 and divorced in 1988), which inspired him to write "Layla". He performed that on his ground-breaking double album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs with legendary slide guitarist Duane

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