How much is Eric Clapton worth?
|Net Worth:||$450 Million|
|Date of Birth:||March 30, 1945|
“It’s been very important throughout my career that I’ve met all the guys I’ve copied, because at each stage they’ve said, ‘Don’t play like me, play like you.'”
Who Is Eric Clapton
41 albums, 30 singles as a solo artist Self-taught guitarist, joined first band at age 17 Heavily influenced by blues, credits guitar ability to copying B.B. King Nicknamed “Slowhand” by the Yardbirds’ manager because of his laid back guitar style.
Before beginning his legendary career as a solo artist in 1970, Clapton had stints with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Delaney & Bonnie.
More than half of his solo albums have reached the Top 20 in the U.S., three of them going to #1. He was featured on The Beatles‘ White Album and co-wrote with George Harrison, whose wife, Pattie left him for Clapton.
If I had to pick one date that was the most significant in Eric Clapton’s music career, it would have to be March 30, 1945, the day he was born. After that, everything else was just building on that beginning. His personal life has often affected his professional life, and vice versa.
He got his first guitar the day he became a teenager. From there, the rest is … well, history.
In the beginning
- 1945 – Born March 30 in Surrey, England
- 1958 – Received his first guitar as a birthday present wen he turned 13
- 1961 – Attends art school in London but leaves when it’s obvious he’s much more interested music than he is in art
- 1962 – Begins playing blues music on street corners and at pubs in the Surrey area
- 1963 – Joins R&B band, The Roosters at age 17
- 1963 – Joined The Yardbirds, staying for two years until the band began shifting from blues rock to pop
- 1965 – Left Yardbirds and joined John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
- 1966 – Left Bluesbreakers to form Cream with bass guitarist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker
- 1967 – First U.S. performance, with Cream, in New York, where the band also recorded Disraeli Gears
- 1968 – Cream disbands, Clapton strikes up a friendship with George Harrison, and plays on several of Harrison’s solo albums
- 1969 – Clapton and Baker from Cream, Steve Winwood from Traffic and Ric Grech from Family form Blind Faith, which lasted just over six months
- 1969 – Begins touring and performing with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
- 1970 – Clapton and three other “Friends” leave to form Derek and the Dominos and record their only album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. He also releases his first solo album, Eric Clapton.
- 1971 – After Dominos dissolve, Clapton drops off the radar to deal with drug and alcohol addition. He surfaces long enough for Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, where he passes out on stage during his performance.
- 1974 – After beating his heroin addiction, he releases his second solo album, 461 Ocean Boulevard.
- 1975-1978 – Releases four more solo albums and tours extensively
Tragedies and comebacks
- 1982 – Undergoes treatment for alcohol addiction
- 1981-1989 – Releases five more solo albums, tours and records with numerous other artists including Roger Waters, Phil Collins, George Harrison, and Tina Turner
- 1990 – While touring with Clapton, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn is killed in a helicopter crash while travelling between concert.
- 1991 – Clapton’s son, Conor (age 4) dies in a fall from a high rise apartment window
- 1994-1998 – Just two solo albums are released in the ’90s, From the Cradle in 1994 and Pilgrim in 1998.
- 1998 – Opens a substance abuse rehab facility, Crossroads Center, on the Caribbean island of Antigua.
- 2004 – Stages the first Crossroads Guitar Festival to benefit Crossroads Center. Three more Festivals are staged, in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
- 2000-now: Between 2000 and 2013, Clapton released eight more albums, including collaborations with B.B. King and JJ Cale. In turn, he frequently performed on albums recorded by other artists He also continued a longstanding willingness to perform in benefit concerts for a variety of causes.
Art imitates life, life imitates art
Clapton and Sheryl Crow – Photo by Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images
It could be argued that this is part of his musical history due to the number of songs he wrote during and after a series of highly publicized romances. The same could be said of many of the friendships he developed over the years with other artists.
Clapton and George Harrison had a close personal and professional association. In 1979, Clapton married Patti Boyd, who had been Harrison’s first wife. In 1984, while still married to Boyd, he had an affair (and a daughter) with recording studio manager, Yvonne Kelly. During the 1990s he dated another well known singer-songwriter-guitarist, Sheryl Crow. In 1998 he met Melia McEnery at a post-concert party. They married in 2001.
Back Home (2005)
This album couldn’t have been more aptly named. From beginning to end, it is a cozy, homey, comfortable feel which, one suspects, is exactly what the artist intended. The title track – the only one on which Clapton takes full writing credit – speaks of being “on the road too long” and feeling the need “to get back home.”
There’s a definite bluesy feel to the album, but it is a semi-soft, orchestral, Motown kind of blues, not the electric, moaning variety that some fans may be expecting. The overall mood is upbeat.
A good case can be made that after 40 solo albums, Clapton has earned the right to produce one that puts his guitar work in a secondary role, but some fans won’t be happy about it. Perhaps they will be consoled by a list of guest artists that includes Billy Preston, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, and Stephen Marley, to name just a few.
The 12 tracks are evenly split between Clapton originals and covers, most notably of George Harrison’s Love Comes To Everyone, Vince Gill’s One Day, and Stevie Wonder’s I’m Going Left.
Back Home is a showcase of Clapton’s softer side, which may be nature’s way of saying that it’s okay to slow down and relax a little when you’re 60!
Eric Clapton with Delaney & Bonnie
After the breakup of Cream, Clapton wanted to get out of the spotlight, and signed on as a sideman for Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. Delaney Bramlett’s encouragement led to this, Clapton’s first solo album, released in 1970.