Eric Clapton was born on May 30, 1945, in England. He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. In 2000, Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He holds a variety of awards, including several Grammies.
Clapton was brought up by his grandparents. They gave Eric his first guitar as a birthday gift when he was just 14. After just two years of practice, he became a good guitarist and joined a local band. In 1963, he was invited into the band Yardbirds, which was very popular in England.
In 1965, Eric left the band and decided to join a blues group Bluesbreakers. After Clapton became their guitarist and vocalist, the band gained impressive popularity.
In 1966, Clapton formed his own band Cream. The musicians focused on live concerts rather than on studio work. In 1968, the group released a double album Wheels of Fire, which received platinum certifications in the USA and the UK. The same year the band split up.
Clapton was invited to the recording sessions of various artists, including Frank Zappa’s We’re Only in It For the Money (1967) and The Beatles’ White Album (1968). Then Clapton joined the band Blind Faith, which, regardless of its popularity, existed only for several months. They released one album, went on one tour, and disbanded.