Eric Clapton biography



The most successful guitarist of all time!

As well as being in bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds, and Cream, Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player.

His playing has brought him to studios and stages with legends such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, B.B King, SRV, Freddie King, and Sheryl Crow (who wrote My Favorite Mistake about Clapton).

His long career has earned him not one, not two, but three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame (as a solo artist, with Yardbirds and Cream). No other musician has achieved this.

Eric Clapton’s most notable recordings include Pretending, Wonderful Tonight, Cocaine, Tears In Heaven, Layla, White Room, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Change The World, Sunshine Of Your Love, Lay Down Sally, Old Love, After Midnight, Badge, My Father’s Eyes, Strange Brew, and Hideaway.

His appearance on other artists/bands’ recordings include Its Probably Me (Sting), While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles), My Sweet Lord (George Harrison), I Wish It Would Rain Down (Phil Collins), and many, many more.

There are numerous books and websites dedicated to Eric Clapton, perhaps the greatest resource is the Where’s Eric Magazine. You can find out more at whereseric.com.


The Unplugged Album

The album Eric Clapton Unplugged, as a whole, is highly recommended. It contains a wealth of blues classics played by one of the best guitar players of all time.

Songs like Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, Malted Milk, Old Love, Before You Accuse Me, and Walking Blues clearly demonstrates Clapton’s blues mastery.

As well as these blues classics, we also find an acoustic version of Layla and the gorgeous Tears In Heaven on this fantastic live album.


Tears In Heaven

The story of Tears In Heaven is a tragic one. Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son fell out of a window at his mother’s penthouse flat in New York City as she was having builders around.

Will Jennings, who co-wrote the song was at first very reluctant to be a part of such a personal song.

What part did Will Jennings add? The M8 with the genius key change!

Since its release, Tears In Heaven has achieved huge success, been covered by many artists as well as sung in most bars, weddings, and perhaps most commonly, funerals, around the world.

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Tears In Heaven as #362 on their best songs of all-time list.


Crossroads – Chords

A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee.
D5 D6 D5 D6 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee.

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Crossroads – Lyrics + Live performance

Cream Crossroads Lyrics

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee
Asked the Lord above for mercy
Take me if you please

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I Shot The Sheriff – Chords

Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

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I Shot The Sheriff – Lyrics + Live performance

I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

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Sunshine Of Your Love – Chords

D blues scale riff | D blues scale riff |
It’s getting near dawn,
D blues scale riff | D blues scale riff |
when lights close their tired eyes.

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Sunshine Of Your Love – Lyrics + Live performance

It’s getting near dawn, when lights close their tired eyes.
I’ll soon be with you my love, to give you my dawn surprise.
I’ll be with you darling soon,
I’ll be with you when the stars start falling.

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Tears In Heaven – Chords

Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you feel the same, if I saw you in heaven?

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Tears In Heaven – Lyrics + Live performance

Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same, if I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on,
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven.

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