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 of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce , in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop". Clapton's solo career began in the s, where his work bore the influence of the mellow style of J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's " I Shot the Sheriff " helped reggae reach a mass market. Following the death of his son Conor in , Clapton's grief was expressed in the song " Tears in Heaven ", which appeared on his Unplugged album. In his solo career, Clapton has sold more than million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Clapton grew up believing that his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, Patricia's stepfather, were his parents, and that his mother was actually his older sister. The similarity in surnames gave rise to the erroneous belief that Clapton's real surname is Clapp Reginald Cecil Clapton was the name of Rose's first husband, Eric Clapton's maternal grandfather.
Eric Clapton was a prominent member of The Yardbirds and Cream before achieving success as a solo artist. Fryer returned to Canada, where he was already married to another woman, before Clapton's birth. As a single teenage mother, Patricia Clapton was unprepared to raise a child on her own, so her mother and stepfather, Rose and Jack Clapp, raised Clapton as their own. Although they never legally adopted him, Clapton grew up under the impression that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his older sister. Clapton's last name comes from his grandfather, Patricia's father, Reginald Cecil Clapton. Clapton grew up in a very musical household. His grandmother was a skilled pianist, and his mother and uncle both enjoyed listening to big-band music. As it turns out, Clapton's absent father was also a talented pianist who had played in several dance bands while stationed in Surrey. Around the age of eight, Clapton discovered the earth-shattering truth that the people he believed were his parents were actually his grandparents and that the woman he considered his older sister was in fact his mother. Clapton later recalled, "The truth dawned on me, that when Uncle Adrian jokingly called me a little bastard, he was telling the truth.
Who Is Eric Clapton?
Clapton was raised by his grandparents after his mother abandoned him at an early age. He began playing the guitar in his teens and briefly studied at the Kingston College of Art. After playing lead guitar with two minor bands, in he joined the Yardbirds , a rhythm-and-blues group in which his blues -influenced playing and commanding technique began to attract attention. Clapton left the Yardbirds in when they pursued commercial success with a pop-oriented style.