Eric Claptonwas born on March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England. His nickname was Slowhand. He is the son of unwed parents, 16 year old Patricia Molly Clapton, and Edward Fryer, a 24 year old soldier from Montreal. Fryer was shipped off to war before Eric was born and then returned to Canada. It was beleived that he may not have known that he had a son. Eric grew up with his grandmother and her second husband, leading him to believe that they were his parents and his mother was his older sister. When he was nine years old he found out the truth. By this time his mother had another son so Eric now had a brother. He became moody after that and found it hard to apply himself in school. He also became distant from his family.When he was 13 he received a Spanish Hoya guitar as well as a marimba, for his birthday.
Eric is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer. At the age of 17 he joined his first band called The Roosters. He was with them from January through August, 1963. In October, 1963, he joined Casey Jones and the Engineers for seven gigs. Eric joined the Yardbirds in 1963 and stayed with the group until 1965. Eric played guitar for many bands and groups in which he never received any credit for it. Eric developed an alcohol problem and made a few remarks that labeled him as a racist. He denied the allegations and in fact hired four black musicians to his band in the late 1980's. He had also previously played and recorded with many black musicians. He had listened to blues music while growing up and a big part of it was recorded by black artists. In the late seventies Eric had a relapse with alcoholism and he was eventually hospitalized and then spent a period of time in n the Antiqua convalescent home.
In 1978 Eric played the guitar on Authur Louisí album, Knockiní On Heavenís Door. Eric then copied and released the same arrangement and recorded, Someone Like You on the flip side of it. Both of these songs were written by Arthur Louis. In 1981 he was invited to appear at the Amnesty International benefit, The Secret Policemanís Other Ball. In 193 Eric was awarded the Silver Clef Award from Princess Michael of Kent for his contributions to British music.
He is considered one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st Century. He received three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and also won a Grammy Award. He was listed as number four in the list of The greatest Guitarists of All Time by the Rolling Stone Magazine and number 53 on their list of The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The critics and his fans also believed him to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Ericís style of music has varied throughout his career.
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