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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey on March 30, 1945.

He was the illegitimate son of a Canadian soldier Edward Walter Fryer, who returned to his wife in Canada before he was born and his 16-year-old mother Patricia Molly Clapton.

Clapton was brought up by his maternal grandparents Rose and Jack Clapp believing that his mother was his sister.

Clapton's obsession with playing Blues music as a teenager caused him to be expelled from Kingston College of Art because he was playing the guitar in class.

His nickname is "Slowhand," although he plays very fast. His manager started calling him that while he was touring with The Yardbirds in 1964. Clapton was famous for breaking strings because of his ridiculous bends. When he would go backstage to change strings the audience would start a slow hand clap until he returned.

Clapton's first “really serious” guitar was a cherry red Gibson ES-335, which he bought at the turn of 1965, while he was in The Yardbirds. He wrote  in his 2007 autobiography: "It was the first of a new era of guitars, which were thin and semi-acoustic. [The ES-335] was both a ‘rock guitar’ and a ‘blues guitar,’ which you could play, if necessary, without amplification and still hear it."

Eric Clapton in Barcelona, 1974

In 2000 Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making him the first person inducted three times. He also got in as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream.

Eric Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment March 20, 1991 after a housekeeper who was cleaning the room left a window open. The tragedy inspired his song "Tears in Heaven," which won Grammys in 1993 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal.

In 1998 Clapton, then 53, met 22-year-old administrative assistant Melia McEnery in Columbus, Ohio, at a party given for him after a performance. During the christening of his daughter, Julie Rose on January 2001 at St Mary Magdalene church in Ripley, Clapton and Melia McEnery surprised the attendees by getting married.

While on a fly-fishing trip to Iceland in 2016,  Eric Clapton landed a 28-pound salmon on the Vatnsdalsá River, setting the record for reeling in the biggest salmon of the summer. He took a quick picture and released it back into the river.

Source Artistfacts

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