Theme Times –The Guitar Talkers 8#

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Eric Clapton By Stoned59 – originally posted to Flickr as Eric “slowhand” Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. 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. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”.He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009.

After playing in a number of different local bands, Clapton joined the Yardbirds in 1963, replacing founding guitarist Top Topham. Dissatisfied with the change of the Yardbirds sound from blues rock to a more radio-friendly pop rock sound, Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965 to play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, with whom he played on one album. After leaving Mayall in 1966, 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”. After Cream broke up, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech, recording one album and performing on one tour before they broke up, leading Clapton to embark on a solo career in 1970. Alongside his solo career, he also performed with Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos, with whom he recorded “Layla”, one of his signature songs.

He continued to record a number of successful solo albums and songs over the next several decades, including a 1974 cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” (which helped reggae reach a mass market.), the country-infused Slowhand album (1977) and the pop rock of 1986’s August. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which appeared on his Unplugged album, and in 1996 he had another top-40 hit with the R&B crossover “Change The World”, and in 1998 released the Grammy award-winning “My Father’s Eyes”. Since 1999, he has recorded a number of traditional blues and blues rock albums and hosted the periodic Crossroads Guitar Festival. His most recent studio album is 2018’s Happy Xmas.

This mini series The Guitar Talkers is dedicated to fans of brilliant guitarists. If you are also a fan let me know below.

Gary Di Angie
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I don’t know when l became aware of Eric Clapton as a singer/guitarist or artist. I think it was somewhere in the 70’s not long after l arrived back from Australia.

With Eric you either absolutely love his work or absolutely hate it below are what l consider his top 9 songs and or collaborations. But how about you? Fan or not?

Wonderful Tonight – 1977
Layla – 1973
I Shot The Sheriff – 1974
Five Long Years – 1988
Easy Now – 1970
The Core – 1977
Hard Times – 1989
Cocaine – 1977
Lay Down Sally – 1977

Bonus

So they are my personal Eric Clapton Top 9 – what are yours? More importantly …. fan or not?

If you were to select your favourite guitar player/talker – who would yours be? So far in the series we have had 8 out of 12 they are as you see below and with those still to come!

Brian MayMark KnopflerPete Townsend
Hank MarvinRory GallagherPaco de Lucia
SlashEric ClaptonJimi Hendrix
Jimmy PageJeff BeckKeith Richards

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  1. Fan. Yesterday I was doing a little history dive on Youtube concerning my youth and came across a video of a live performance of White Rabbit that was basically the most amazing mind blowing guitar solo. Don’t know which guitarist it was, and my adored Grace Slick was just an afterthought in that performance – it was from 1975. I don’t care what anyone says, my generation’s music was the best. If only because it WAS music and there were actually bands who played instruments. I don’t think that exists much anymore except in Country music. Damn, but we rocked! And we were oh so beautiful!

    1. That’s a cracking answer right there Grace and another credit to be awarded to you in the next 24 hour Blog question – you have made me think of a question – thank you 🙂

      Was the live performance by Jefferson Starship?

      1. that’s the performance, the video you have is better quality than the one I saved, so thanks for this. Grace Slick wrote the song, words and music for her first band, The Great Society and here is that version – https://youtu.be/8LPDCdtjkx0.

        But my favorite version will always be Woodstock, 1969, I was 23 (Grace Slick was 30), and she was so damn beautiful. https://youtu.be/hsuAe1bjWfo

        Went back through a bunch of Doors performances and documentaries – we were all so beautiful, and cynical and hopeful…I’m kinda on a nostalgia trip this few days – a month until my 74th birthday, maybe that’s it.

  2. I don’t love or hate Clapton. I like him alright, I think he’s talented and I like his music well enough. I think I’ve said Jimmy Page is my favorite, but I’m forgetful so, I’m saying it again, or possibly for the 1st time🤷🏼‍♀️😂

    1. Well you will have noted that l didn’t say he was an absolute favourite in my narrative and that’s because ‘ l like Clapton, but he is not an all time favourite so l can all too well understand what you are saying 🙂

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