83 Facts About Eric Clapton

1. Eric Clapton was earlier inducted as a member of the bands Cream and the Yardbirds.

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2. Eric Clapton has collaborated with The Prince's Trust, the leading UK youth charity, which provides training, personal development, business start up support, mentoring, and advice.

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3. Eric Clapton has organised the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 1999, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 to raise funds for this centre.

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4. Eric Clapton served on the board of directors for The Chemical Dependency Centre from 1994 until 1999.

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5. In 1993, Eric Clapton was appointed a director of Clouds House, a UK treatment centre for drug and alcohol dependence, and served on their board until 1997.

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6. In 2014, Eric Clapton explained that Ferrari is still his favourite car brand.

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7. In July 2013 Eric Clapton displayed it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in the Michelin Supercar Run.

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8. Since the 1970s, Eric Clapton considered himself a "car enthusiast" and often stated his passion for the Ferrari brand.

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9. On 5 August 1976, Eric Clapton provoked an uproar and lingering controversy when he spoke out against increasing immigration during a concert in Birmingham.

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10. Eric Clapton has played in concerts to raise funds for the organisation and publicly opposed the Labour Party's ban on fox hunting with the 2004 Hunting Act.

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11. Eric Clapton is a supporter of the Countryside Alliance, which promotes issues relating to the British countryside.

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12. Eric Clapton married Melia McEnery in a low-key church ceremony in January 2002.

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13. Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd in 1979, but their marriage was marred by his infidelities and domestic abuse.

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14. Eric Clapton said to me, "I didn't want it to be done after I was dead and for it to be wrong.

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15. Eric Clapton was introduced by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson as a "local guitarist".

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16. Eric Clapton appeared on the BBC's Top Gear in 2013, during Series 19 Episode 4 and was involved in testing the new Kia Cee'd.

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17. In 2010 Eric Clapton started appearing as a spokesman for T-Mobile, advertising their MyTouch Fender cell phone.

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18. In March 2007 Eric Clapton appeared in an advertisement for RealNetwork's Rhapsody online music service.

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19. Eric Clapton has appeared in an advertisement for the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen.

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20. Eric Clapton appeared in Blues Brothers 2000 as one of the Louisiana Gator Boys.

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21. Eric Clapton was featured in the movie version of Tommy, the first full length rock opera, written by the Who.

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22. In 1991 Eric Clapton was featured on Richie Sambora's album, Stranger in This Town, in a song dedicated to him, called "Mr Bluesman".

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23. In 2004 Eric Clapton organised and participated in the Crossroads Guitar Festival to benefit the centre.

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24. In 1999, Eric Clapton auctioned off some of his guitar collection to raise more than US$5 million for continuing support of the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which he founded in 1997.

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25. In 1979 Eric Clapton gave his signed Fender Lead II guitar to the Hard Rock Cafe in London to designate his favourite bar stool.

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26. In November 1970 Eric Clapton bought six Fender Stratocasters from the Sho-bud guitar shop in Nashville, Tennessee while on tour with the Dominos.

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27. In late 1969 Eric Clapton made the switch to the Fender Stratocaster.

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28. Eric Clapton retained it until 2000, when he sold it at an auction for US$150,000.

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29. In July 1968 Eric Clapton gave George Harrison a 1957 'goldtop' Gibson Les Paul that been refinished with a red colour, nicknamed Lucy.

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30. Eric Clapton explained in a 1967 interview, "I am playing more smoothly now.

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31. Eric Clapton used both the Les Paul and the SG to create his self-described "woman tone".

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32. Eric Clapton continued to play Les Pauls exclusively with Cream until 1967, when he acquired his most famous guitar in this period, a 1964 Gibson SG, dubbed "the Fool".

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33. Eric Clapton became exclusively a Gibson player for a period beginning in mid-1965, when he purchased a used sunburst Gibson Les Paul guitar from a guitar store in London.

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34. Eric Clapton had already been a member of the Yardbirds before joining John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the clearing house for guitarists, in April 1965.

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35. Eric 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.

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36. Eric Clapton 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.

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37. Eric Clapton was true, absolutely, to his own vision, and as deep as I have gotten into the music over the last 30 years, I have never found anything more deeply soulful than Robert Johnson.

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38. In 2004 Eric Clapton released CDs and DVDs entitled Sessions for Robert Johnson, featuring covers of Robert Johnson songs using electric and acoustic guitars.

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39. On 20 May 2016, Eric Clapton released his twenty-third studio album I Still Do.

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40. Eric Clapton has performed more times at Madison Square Garden than any other US venue, a total of 45 times.

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41. On 21 June 2014, Eric Clapton abruptly walked off stage during a concert at the Glasgow Hydro.

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42. On 13 and 14 November 2013, Eric Clapton headlined the final two evenings of the "Baloise Sessions", an annual indoor music festival in Basel, Switzerland.

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43. On 28 February 2013, Eric Clapton announced his intention to stop touring in 2015 due to hassles with travel.

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44. Eric Clapton toured the US and Europe from 14 March to 19 June 2013 to celebrate 50 years as a professional musician.

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45. On 29 November 2012, Eric Clapton joined The Rolling Stones at London's O2 Arena during the band's second of five arena dates celebrating their 50th anniversary.

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46. Eric Clapton spent November and December 2011 touring Japan with Steve Winwood, playing 13 shows in various cities throughout the country.

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47. On 24 June 2011, Eric Clapton was in concert with Pino Daniele in Cava de' Tirreni stadium before performing a series of concerts in South America from 6 to 16 October 2011.

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48. Eric Clapton released a new studio album, Eric Clapton, on 2010 in the United Kingdom and 28 September 2010 in the United States.

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49. Eric Clapton performed a series of concerts in 11 cities throughout the United States from to 2010, including Roger Daltrey as opening act.

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50. Eric Clapton performed a two-night show with Jeff Beck at the O2 Arena in London on 2010.

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51. Eric Clapton was scheduled to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert in Madison Square Garden on 2009, but cancelled due to gallstone surgery.

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52. Eric Clapton was one of the performers, with drummer Butch Trucks remarking that the performance was not the typical Allman Brothers experience, given the number and musical styles of the guests who were invited to perform.

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53. In September 2008 Eric Clapton performed at a private charity fundraiser for The Countryside Alliance at Floridita in Soho, London, that included such guests as the London Mayor Boris Johnson.

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54. In February 2008 Eric Clapton performed with his long-time friend Steve Winwood at Madison Square Garden and guested on his recorded single, "Dirty City", on Winwood's album Nine Lives.

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55. Eric Clapton learned that Clapton's father was Edward Walter Fryer, born 1920, in Montreal and died in Newmarket, Ontario.

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56. In 2007 Eric Clapton learned more about his father, a Canadian soldier who left the UK after the war.

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57. On 22 January 2005, Eric Clapton performed in the Tsunami Relief Concert held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, in aid of the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

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58. In 1996 Eric Clapton had a relationship with singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.

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59. At the 35th Annual Grammy Awards, Eric Clapton received six Grammys for the single "Tears in Heaven" and his Unplugged album.

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60. Eric Clapton played at the cricket club's 25th anniversary celebrations in 2011, which was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

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61. Eric Clapton would get together with the Bee Gees for charity.

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62. At the 1987 Brit Awards in London, Eric Clapton was awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

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63. In 1989, Eric Clapton released Journeyman, an album that covered a wide range of styles, including blues, jazz, soul and pop.

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64. Eric Clapton won a British Academy Television Award for his collaboration with Michael Kamen on the score for the 1985 BBC Television thriller serial Edge of Darkness.

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65. Since then Waters and Eric Clapton have had a close relationship.

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66. In 1981 Eric Clapton was invited by producer Martin Lewis to appear at the Amnesty International benefit The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in London.

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67. In 1974, Eric Clapton started living with Pattie Boyd and was no longer using heroin (although he gradually began to drink heavily).

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68. Eric Clapton became infatuated with Pattie Boyd, who at the time was married to close friend George Harrison, and withdrew from recording and touring to isolation in his Surrey residence as the band broke up.

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69. Eric Clapton worked with much of Delaney and Bonnie's band to record George Harrison's All Things Must Pass in spring 1970.

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70. On 30 September 1969, Eric Clapton played lead guitar on Lennon's second solo single, "Cold Turkey".

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71. Eric Clapton played two dates as a member of the Plastic Ono Band that autumn, including a recorded performance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival in September 1969 released as the album Live Peace in Toronto 1969.

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72. Eric Clapton would go largely uncredited for his contributions to Harrison's albums due to contractual restraints, and Harrison was credited as "L'Angelo Misterioso" for his contributions to the song "Badge" on Goodbye.

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73. Eric Clapton met Harrison and became close friends with him after the Beatles shared a bill with the Clapton-era Yardbirds at the London Palladium.

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74. Eric Clapton is reported to have been embarrassed by the slogan, saying in his The South Bank Show profile in 1987, "I never accepted that I was the greatest guitar player in the world.

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75. Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds on the day that "For Your Love" went public, a move that left the band without its lead guitarist and most accomplished member.

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76. In December 1964, Eric Clapton made his first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, London, with the Yardbirds.

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77. In October 1963, Eric Clapton joined the Yardbirds, a blues-influenced rock and roll band, and stayed with them until March 1965.

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78. Eric Clapton stayed with this band from January until August 1963.

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79. In 1962, Eric Clapton started performing as a duo with fellow blues enthusiast David Brock in pubs around Surrey.

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80. Around this time, Eric Clapton began busking around Kingston, Richmond, and the West End.

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81. Eric Clapton was named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.

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82. Eric 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".

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83. Eric Clapton 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 of Cream.

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