Eric Patrick Clapton, is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He 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. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. 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”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009. Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
CLAPTON’S ELECTRIC GUITAR
Clapton’s choice of electric guitars has been as notable as the man himself; like Hank Marvin, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, Clapton exerted a crucial and widespread influence in popularising particular models of electric guitar. With the Yardbirds, Clapton played a Fender Telecaster, a Fender Jazzmaster, a double-cutaway Gretsch 6120, and a 1964 Cherry-Red Gibson ES-335. He 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. Clapton commented on the slim profile of the neck, which would indicate it was a 1960 model.
Solo Studio Albums
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In 1993, Clapton was appointed a director of Clouds House, a UK treatment center for drug and alcohol dependence, and served on their board until 1997. In 1998, he established the Crossroads Center in Antigua to help others overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol and is active in its management oversight and fundraising to the present day. Clapton has organized the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 1999, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 to raise funds for this center. In 2008, he donated a song to Aid Still Required’s CD to assist with the restoration of the devastation done to Southeast Asia from the 2004 tsunami.