Eric Patrick Clapton CBE on March 30th, 1945, is an English musician who is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in history.
Among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Clapton came in at number two on Rolling Stone’s list and at number four on Gibson’s. The “10 Best Electric Guitar Players” list compiled by Time magazine in 2009 included him at number five.
Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945, in the town of Ripley, which is located in the county of Surrey in England. His mother, Patricia, was just 16 years old when he was born, and his father, Edward, was a Canadian soldier who was 24 years old at the time.
Eric has never met his biological father. When Clapton was a child, he was informed that Patricia was his sister and that her mother and stepfather were Eric’s parents. Additionally, he was told that Eric was Patricia’s stepfather.
Clapton was left in England with his grandparents after Patricia later got married and relocated to Germany. After obtaining a guitar for his birthday when he was a youngster, Eric taught himself how to play it, and his abilities were so outstanding that he began playing in pubs with another musician named Dave Brock when he was only 16 years old.
At the age of 17, he became a member of a British R&B band known as the Roosters and played with them up until August 1963. Later that same year, he participated in many performances with Casey Jones and the Engineers. Clapton attempted to further his education at the Kingston College of Art but was dismissed after one year.
On March 27, 1979, Eric married Pattie Boyd, who had previously been married to his friend George Harrison. The couple divorced in 1989 after 27 years of marriage. Clapton has admitted that he physically beat Boyd and that he fathered two children with other women while the couple was still married.
His daughter Ruth was born in 1985, and his son Conor was born in 1986. On March 20, 1991, 4-year-old Conor tragically passed away after falling out of an open window in a 53rd-floor apartment. Eric created the song “Tears in Heaven” about the tragedy, and it is dedicated to Conor’s memory.
Julie, who was born in June 2001, Ella, who was born in January 2003, and Sophie are Clapton and Melia McEnery’s three kids together. Clapton and Melia McEnery tied the knot on January 1, 2002. (born in February 2005).
Clapton started his nearly two-decade-long battle with drinking and drug addiction in the early 1970s. He has stated that he used to spend $16,000 each week on heroin. Clapton’s battle lasted nearly two decades. Since 1987, he has been abstinent from alcohol and drugs, and in 1998, he established a clinic for the treatment of substance abuse called the Crossroads Centre on the island of Antigua.
In addition, Eric served on the board of directors for the rehabilitation facilities Clouds House (1993–1997) and The Chemical Dependency Centre (1994–1999) during the aforementioned time periods. In 2013, Clapton was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain in his legs and back. In addition, Clapton suffers from tinnitus, which can be described as a ringing in the ears.
Eric became a member of the Yardbirds in October 1963 and remained a member of the band until March 1965. He left the band on the same day that they had their first major hit, which was titled “For Your Love.” Clapton initially joined John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers in April 1965, but he resigned from the group a few months later.
He then returned to the group in November 1965, but he left them once more in July 1966. After leaving the Bluesbreakers, Eric joined Cream and recorded six albums and several hit singles with them before the band broke up in 1968. Two of these tracks, “White Room” and “Sunshine of Your Love,” were particularly successful.
The next year, he joined up with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech to form Blind Faith; however, the band only existed for a total of seven months. After that, Clapton established Derek and the Dominos, with whom he released “Layla” in 1970; the following year, the band broke up in the midst of recording their second album. “Layla” would go on to become one of Clapton’s most well-known compositions.
Awards and Honors
Clapton has been nominated for a total of 37 Grammy Awards, and he has won 17 of them. In 2006, he was given the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, he is the recipient of two Primetime Emmys, three American Music Prizes, a BAFTA Award, two Billboard Music Awards, a GQ Award, four Ivor Novello Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award, and a number of other awards.
Eric was honored with the Silver Clef Award in 1983 by Princess Michael of Kent, and in 2015, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In 1992, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Yardbirds, in 1993,
he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Cream, and in 2000, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. In addition, he was awarded a star on the Rock and Roll Walk in the year 2000.
Clapton has had residences in a number of different countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Ohio, and Antigua. The residence in Antigua is referred to as “Standfast Point,” and it was constructed for a total cost of $14 million in the year 2000. It is a 10,000-square-foot house that sits on 45 acres, and Eric first started renting it out for $50,000 per week in the year 2009.
What Is Eric Clapton’s Net Worth?
Rock artist Eric Clapton, CBE, hailing from the United Kingdom, has an estimated net worth of 450 million dollars. Clapton is a blues-rock guitarist, composer, singer, and songwriter who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times.
He is ranked #53 on the list of the Top 100 Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, and he is ranked #2 on their list of the greatest guitarists. In addition, Clapton has been inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist and with the Yardbirds and Cream).