Eric Patrick Clapton (1945) is a famous guitarist, singer and songwriter of rock and blues of English origin. Clapton has been considered one of the most important and influential guitarists that exists, and is known by the nickname of Slowhand ('slow hand').
Clapton ranks second on the Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Best Guitarists of All Time," is number 55 of his special "Immortals: The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time" and the fourth in Los "50 best guitarists of all time" by Gibson. He has also been named number five on the Time magazine list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Musicians" in 2009.
His mother, Patricia Molly Clapton, was only 16 years old, the result of her brief relationship with Edward Fryer, a Canadian soldier stationed in England. After World War II returned with his wife to Canada, Patricia left Eric in the custody of her grandparents, Rose and Jack Clapp. (The Clapton surname is from Rose's first husband, Reginald Cecil Clapton.)
The young Ricky (his grandparents called him) was a quiet and educated child, an above average student with art skills. He grew up believing that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister, to protect him from the stigma that illegitimacy carried. The truth was finally revealed to him, at the age of nine by his grandmother.
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Famous quotes by Eric Clapton
Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it were the last time.
I like loneliness. I like anomalous life. I like the quiet life.
Our love will rule in this kingdom we have made.
I don't know if I believe in luck. I think I am very lucky.
My definition of peace is to have no noise in my head.
I simply convinced myself that for some mysterious reason I was invulnerable and would not get hooked. But the addiction does not negotiate and little by little it spread inside me like fog.
It is painful to relive things that have caused emotional crises, and find ways to express it musically.
I feel wonderful because I see the light of love in your eyes, and the wonder of all this is that you simply don't realize how much I love you.
The blues is what I have addressed, what has given me inspiration and relief in all the trials of my life.
Music survives everything, and like God, it is always present. He doesn't need help, and he doesn't suffer any obstacles.
Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with my whole being. I discovered that I could erase all fear and confusion.
My philosophy about making music is that you can reduce everything to a note, if that note is played with the proper sincerity.
Creating a song is just shaping a feeling.
In my lowest moments, the only reason I didn't kill myself was because I knew I couldn't drink anymore if I was dead.
I'm very bored listening to me play the guitar, because I'm not a very good audience.
At the beginning of my childhood, when I was about six or seven years old, I began to have the feeling that there was something different about me. Maybe it was the way people talked about me as if I wasn't in the room.
Along this path I stepped on, my heart betrays my tired head, with nothing but my love to save, from the cradle to the grave.
An obsession is where something will not leave your mind.
You cannot be the intellectual author of everything. You will go crazy. Just come and play.
The risk is trying to control something about which you are helpless.
It was my turn to get inspired.
Before accusing me, take a look.
Musically, he was like an old man in the skin of a child.
Plant your love and let it grow.
But the guitar, when you think about it, is the most versatile really. I mean you can pick it up and take it with you wherever you go.
Whatever your position in life, the most important thing is to behave in a way that helps other people. It is the same with music. I am a music servant ... and if I get entangled in the ego, I will lose everything ... it will burn and that is a guarantee.
One of the most beneficial things I've learned is how to keep your mouth shut.
For me, there is something primitively relaxing in this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.
Like most alcoholics I've met, I didn't like the taste of alcohol ...
When all the original blues boys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to take care of the tradition. I recognize that I have a certain responsibility to keep the music alive, and it is a very honorable position to be in.
In my experience the best guitars, the most expensive, are those that are easier to play. Because they are made to be touched.
It was exciting to discover that camaraderie among soulmates, and this is one of the things that led me to become a musician.
The only planning I do is about a minute before playing. I try desperately to think of something that is effective, but I never sit down and solve it note by note.
Until I became a father, it was all about self-obsession. But then I learned exactly what it is: the delight of being a servant.
Give me a guitar and I will play; Give me a stage and I will perform it; Give me an auditorium and I will fill it out.
Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
I am an egotist with an inferiority complex.