Eric Clapton is quite possibly one of the most widely known and appreciated blues musicians to ever strum soul-stirring lick on his guitar. With chart-topping, award-winning hits like “Tears in Heaven,” and “Layla.” Being ranked second on The Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of all time and fourth on Gibson’s list of Top 50 Guitarist.
Eric Clapton first entered the realm of international stardom as a member of the member of the Yardbirds, a three-maned group of individuals that would all go on to be recognized as guitar greats. Prior to this, his grew up as a quiet, but intelligent English boy gifted in art and music. His talents were so highly esteemed that he was able to attend the Kingston College of Art. This was short-lived, however, as Clapton would ultimately be expelled using class time for guitar playing rather than as it was intended to be spent working on designs for stained-glass projects. Perhaps it was fate, for during this time Clapton was able to spend a significant amount of time exploring blues.