In the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos, as well as through his prolific solo work, guitarist Eric Clapton has re-defined his own version of the blues. In October 1963, Keith R... Read More
In the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos, as well as through his prolific solo work, guitarist Eric Clapton has re-defined his own version of the blues. In October 1963, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith recruited him to become a member of The Yardbirds because Clapton was the most talked about guitar player on the R&B pub circuit. When he became a member of John Mayall' Bluesbreakers in 1965, Clapton established his reputation as a guitarist and earned his second nickname: "God". After leaving the Bluesbreakers in 1966, Eric teamed up with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form the worldwide-acclaimed band Cream. While a member of Cream, he cemented his reputation as rock' premier guitarist and was elevated to superstar status. In the summer of 1970, Eric formed Derek and the Dominos with Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock from Delaney & Bonnie' band. The Dominos would go on to record the seminal rock album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. His career reached new heights in 1992 with the release of Unplugged and the Grammy winning single, "Tears In Heaven." Clapton is the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist). He has also won or shared in eighteen Grammy Awards. Clapton' Crossroads Guitar Festival supports The Crossroads Centre, Antigua, founded in 1998, which was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and their significant others.