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Eric Clapton

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
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Profession: Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter


Why Famous: One of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.

Clapton has received 18 Grammy Awards and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.

Born: March 30, 1945
Birthplace: Ripley, Surrey, England
Age: 75 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries

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Married Life

  • 1979-05-19 Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd
  • 2002-01-01 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Historical Events

  • 1965-03-13 Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds
  • 1968-09-06 Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  • 1969-06-07 Supergroup Blind Faith's debut performance in Hyde Park, London, featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Steve Baler and Rick Grech
  • 1969-09-13 Plastic Ono Band's 1st live performance, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton
  • 1992-01-16 Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV "Unplugged" at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton's bestselling album, and the bestselling live album of all time
  • 1993-02-24 35th Grammy Awards: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton wins
  • 1999-01-11 26th American Music Awards: Celine Dion & Eric Clapton win