At the age of 13, Eric Clapton became interested in music. His favorite artists were Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Already as a student of the school of fine arts, Clapton began to play the guitar imitating his then blues idols: B. B. King, Big Bill Broonzy, and Muddy Waters. In 1963, he began working with the rhythm and blues group The Roosters. The next formation is Casey Jones And The Engineers. In the same year, Clapton started to play with The Yardbirds. After 18 months, he abandoned The Yardbirds and began working with Bluesbreakers.
In 1966, Clapton, along with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, founded a supergroup – the legendary band Cream. During three years of existence, they recorded some great albums, including “Fresh Cream,” “Disraeli Gears,” “Wheels Of Fire,” or “Goodbye” and concert records. After the closure of Cream in 1969, Clapton played Blind Faith for a year and then joined Delaney And Bonnie And Friends, with whom he recorded the album “Delaney And Bonnie And Friends.”
Eric Clapton solo career in the seventies
In 1970, Clapton decided to start a solo career and released the album “Eric Clapton.” Unfortunately, the record did not find recognition in the eyes of fans, and therefore a new formation was created – Derek And The Dominos. With this band, he recorded one of Clapton’s most famous songs – the composition “Layla.”
In August 1974, the album “461 Ocean Boulevard” was released on the market, which included, among others, Clapton’s great hit single promoting the album – “I Shot the Sheriff” – a cover of Bob Marley’s song. The next records are a real success story – “There’s One in Every Crowd” (1975), “E.C. Was Here” (1975), “No Reason to Cry” (1976).
In 1977, Clapton released one of his best albums – “Slowhand.” The songs include “Cocaine,” “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight.” The 1980s belonged to Clapton, each of his albums brought another great hit that conquered the listings. Despite this “commercial course,” the artist was still able to please fans of his earlier, more ambitious incarnation, proposing excellent releases such as “August” (1987) or “Journeyman” (1989).
In 1991, a series of professional successes was interrupted by the tragic death of his son. Under the influence of this sad event, he wrote the song “Tears In Heaven.” Clapton recorded it during the performance for MTV, entitled “Unplugged.”
In 2000, the musician paid tribute to his idol B.B. King. Both great artists decided to play songs that they once recorded on their own. The result of their cooperation was the album “B.B. King And Eric Clapton – Riding With The King.” A year later, the album “Reptile” was released. In 2002, the concert records “One More Car, One More Rider” hit the market, consisting of two C.D.s and a DVD. There were both newer Clapton songs like “My Father’s Eyes,” and “Tears In Heaven” as well as great hits – “Cocaine,” “Layla.”
The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band has been one of the most influential rock groups in the United States since the mid-1970s. The band was formed in 1969 with Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Forrest Richard (“Dickey”) Betts, Berry Oakley, Claude Hudson (“Butch”) Trucks, and Jaimoe (Johnny Lee Johnson) Johnson.
Initially, it was a garage line-up called The Escorts. They playing similarly to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Then the band changed its name to the Allman Joys and started playing British blues. Later became something like The Hour Glass with a more soulful sound.
The band signed with Liberty Records, but the label missed their chance and the band broke the deal after Liberty refused to release their third album. The debut album “The Allman Brothers Band”, which the band had already released under its current name, was released in 1969. The release was received very enthusiastically by both the audience and the critics – the blues-rock sound knocked everyone to their knees.
The Allman Brothers Band returned in 1970 with the album “Idlewild South”, which was produced by Tom Dowd. The album, which this time had a milder sound, turned out to be another bull’s eye. This made crowds come to the concerts for the next 30 years, and the group became famous all over the world. The band perfectly combined elements of jazz and classical music with typical rock.
The band’s third album, “At Fillmore East”, was released two years later. It confirmed the group members’ status as heroes for millions of teenagers. In the same year, the release gained the gold status. In late October, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident. The band recorded the rest of the next album “Eat a Peach” with Dickey Betts. After its release, bassist Lamar Williams joined the band. With the new line-up, the band released another long-playing album entitled “Brothers and Sisters”. The disc was released in 1973 and began a new period in the group’s work.
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