He is the only three time inductee to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Eric Clapton grew up believing that his grandmother and her second husband were his parents, and that his mother was actually his older sister.
By 1967, fans of the emerging blues- rock sound in the U.K. had begun to portray Clapton as Britains top guitarist, however he found himself rivaled by the emergence of an acid rock infused guitarist who used wailing feedback and effects petals to create a new sound for his instrument. Claptons jealousy was so great that one night while playing a gig he got lost for a while, band members finally found him outside sitting smoking a cigarette and complaining to his band mates as to why nobody had told him that the guitar player on stage at the time was that good. The new kid playing guitar before Clapton was Jimi Hendrix.
So many stories about certain artist who have been around for a while and you never get to hear all of them. Everyone knows that Clapton played guitar on the Beatles “While my guitar gently weeps”, that is true , but he also played on other song on the Beatles “White Album”. More interesting is when John Lennon considered asking Clapton to join the Beatles, but that never happened because of McCartney’s jealousy. this of course was at the time when George Harrison had quit the Beatles for a short time.
Still in other ventures along with his friend George, Clapton helped out on many of Harrison’s solo albums, Clapton went on largely uncredited for his contributions due to contractual restrains. And there’s always those little unknown facts that never get told about some artists, like for example, did you you know that Eric studied stained glass design or that it was his grandparents that gave him his first guitar. And finally like with so many artists, groups, bands or solo artists, it comes to a point when you have made your mark and things come to an end, and then you’re just in the way.
Find out more on Eric Clapton as our next Artist Of The Month on KWMC 1490 AM and the LITTLE RED ROOSTER SHOW. All stories and known facts are by Wendy Johnson and all shows are produced by Javier Martinez Sr.