Eric Clapton plays Traveling Riverside Blues by Robert Johnson. Eric Clapton covered this song, along with several other Robert Johnson classics, on his 2004 album, Me and Mr. Johnson.
Eric Clapton is among the most well-known blues artists to ever strum soul-stirring lick on his guitar. With chart-topping, acclaimed hits like “Tears in Heaven,” and “Layla.” Being ranked second on The Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of perpetuity and fourth on Gibson’s list of Top 50 Guitarist.
Eric Clapton first entered the world of worldwide stardom as a member of the member of the Yardbirds, a three-maned group of people that would all go on to be acknowledged as guitar greats. Prior to this, his grew up as a peaceful, however smart English young boy talented in art and music. His talents were so extremely esteemed that he was able to go to the Kingston college of Art. This was brief, however, as Clapton would ultimately be expelled using class time for guitar playing rather than as it was intended to be spent working on styles for stained-glass projects. Possibly it was fate, for throughout this time Clapton had the ability to invest a considerable amount of time exploring blues.
After being introduced to the blues by African-American soldiers stationed in Europe throughout the 2nd World War, Britain began to establish its own Blues sub-culture. By the early 1960’s what was as soon as an obscure subculture had reached the mainstream as was dominating radio, clubs and affecting would be artists such as the young Clapton. Not in school, Eric Clapton had the ability to spend his days working a blue collar gig and invest his nights being in with different small-time Blues acts. This culture that birthed such notable serve as The Who and The Rolling Stones likewise introduced the professions of the Yardbirds.
Eric Clapton “Slowhand”.
Success with the Yardbirds was nearly instant. With live performances with the group, Clapton was able to take exactly what would be his recognizable hallmark on the guitar. By gradually flexing the strings with such force and period that he might distort the pitch of the note to increased, sluggish cry. A method that frequently led to the breaking of guitar strings that he would change live on phase as the audience slowly clapped, from this he earned the moniker “Slowhand.” The group went on to attain, what would rather potentially be its biggest Clapton-Era success, the release of “For Your Love.” With success came controversy within the group. Clapton a blues purist chosen to part was with the group as they planninged to relocate tandem with acts that would make up the ⁂ ritish Invasion” of internationally popular commercial rock and pop acts.
Upon leaving the Yardbirds, Clapton continued to get notoriety with a stint with the Bluesbreakers and with an individual fan base that had actually reached such a level that a now popular graffiti artist sprawled the Islington Underground with the spray-painted words, “Clapton is God.” In spite of his growing stardom, he would find direct completion from the success of acts coming out of the United States, mostly the terrific Jimi Hendrix. Clapton had just signed up with the British supergroup, Cream and at an efficiency, they were joined by none other than Hendrix himself. The experience left a lasting impression on Clapton and shaped Cream’s new direction as a more jazz-influenced, psychedelic band with improvisation weaved into efficiencies and recordings. It was a success. They would go on to tape-record “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Crossroads,” and “White Room”.
Soon just like numerous rock bands, particularly of the “extracurricular relations” the 1960s and 70s, drugs and alcohol took their toll on the group and Clapton in particular. Although he would continue to write, record and perform he began to battle with addiction and relationship battles. Concurrently with a landmark solo performance on The Beatle’s George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the release of exactly what is widely regarded as his greatest work, “Layla,” Clapton was slowly withdrawing from the general public spotlight.” Clapton would invest the next few years coming in and out of the general public eye. At times emerging and low-key tours along with B.B. King, Tina Turner, The Who, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others and after that pulling away to obscurity where he continued to battle dependency and individual catastrophe. In the 90’s he experienced one of the best tragedies of his life, the unintentional death of his four-year-old child. While in a New York city apartment or condo the young boy had fallen from the window of a 53 story structure. It sought this dreadful accident that he launched among his most well-known tunes, “Tears in Heaven” on the Rush soundtrack.
Clapton has continued to write, record and perform while maintaining an extremely private individual life. It wasn’t until recently that it was revealed that he has actually been fighting peripheral neuropathy. It is a nerve-damaging disease linked to alcohol addiction that causes intense pain throughout the body when such tasks as guitar playing are tried. In an interview, he discusses his condition along with the possible it needs to end his music career.
The numerous disasters that Eric Clapton has actually had to endure together with focus he has placed on combating addiction, may have enabled a bit more attention to be drawn to other acts that remained in the public eye throughout their profession. Nevertheless, few artists have actually achieved the level of professional success that he has. The winner of numerous Grammys, BRIT awards, AMAs, Billboard awards. Three-time Hall of Fame conscript. Acknowledgment as one of the greatest guitar player to ever grace the stage. A number of chart-topping songs along with gold and platinum albums. Eric Clapton is and will always be among the best Blues artists of perpetuity.