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Eric "Slowhand" Clapton

This Prezi is about Eric Clapton, his career background and his inspirations.

Andrew English

on 9 December 2010

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Transcript of Eric "Slowhand" Clapton

ERIC "SLOWHAND" CLAPTON Eric Patrick Clapton was born March 30, 1945 in Ripley Surrey, England. In 1966 Eric Clapton joined Cream. Were they produced hit songs such as "Sunshine of Your Love", "Crossroads" and "White Room." Due to an inability to get along the band broke up. During which time Clapton joined Blind Faith. Which recorded songs such as "After Midnight" and "Let it Rain." In the early 60's he attended Kingston College of Art but was dismissed because his focus was on music instead of art. It was around this time that he joined the Yardbirds, a blues influenced rock and roll band. In 1965 Clapton left the Yardbirds, and for the next couple months played with several bands such as John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and the Glands However in an attempt to counteract the stardom that surrounded him Clapton Formed a new band, Derek and the Dominos, with the intention to show that he did not need to form a staring role and that he could be a good band member. Derek and the Dominos produced several hit songs such as "Bell Bottom Blues," "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and "Layla" With a second recording in the works, a clashing of egos came about and Clapton walked, thus disbanding the group. It was at this point that Eric Clapton started his solo career with a new band. It was during this time Clapton produced his first number one hit "I Shot the Sheriff," which was important in the bringing of reggae and the music of Bob Marley to a wider audience. Throughout the 70's Clapton continued to create hit songs such as "Wonderful Tonight" and "Cocaine." The song "Wonderful Tonight" was written for Clapton's love Pattie Boyd. In the early 80's Clapton admitted he was an alcholic, and was admitted into a rehabilitation center. A few months after his release from rehab, he began working on what he has said was his "most forced" album to date, Money and Cigarettes. Claptons album output continued throughout the 80's, including two that were produced with Phil Collins. In 1985 Behind the Sun came out, producing hits such as "Forever Man" and "She's Waiting" However tragety stuck on March 20, 1991, when Eric's four year old son, Conor, died on impact after a fall from the 53rd story window of his mother's friends New York City apartment. Clapton expressed his grief in the song "Tears in Heaven." In 1992 Clapton won 6 grammys for the single. In 1994, he began once again to play traditional blues; the album, From the Cradle, marked a return to raw blues standards, and it hit with critics and fans. The fifty-one-year-old Clapton shows no signs of slowing down: in February of 1997 he picked up Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammys for "Change the World," from the soundtrack of the John Travolta movie Phenomenon. The only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of both The Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist), Eric Clapton continues to astonish and delight a vast spectrum of music lovers. It’s a legacy that continues with the release of Reptile, the latest journey in the lifelong musical odyssey of an authentic musical genius. The End For his 11th birthday he recieved an acoustic Hoyer guitar, but he found that it was dificult to learn and nearly gave up. Influenced by the blues at an early age. Clapton would practice for many hours to try to learn cords
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