Born on March 30, 1945 as Eric Patrick Clapton to parents Edward Walter Fryer and Patricia Molly Clapton. Given Patricia's young age (she was only 16 when Eric was born) and the absence of Edward (he has a family in Canada), it was Eric's maternal grandparents, Rose and Jack Clapp, who became Eric's guardians until 1963. Patricia later married Frank MacDonald and had three children.
Eric was raised in a family who appreciated music. His biological father and grandmother both played the piano. He entered Kingston College of Art in 1961 but was expelled due to poor performance and his growing interest in another art medium - music. When he was 17 he purchased an electric double cutaway Kay, and so began his journey to become a musician. He joined The Roosters in 1963, then briefly performed with Casey Jones and The Engineers. Later that year, he joined The Yardbirds, the group released the albums Five Live Yardbirds and Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds.
Eric Clapton joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1965, recording the now famous Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton. He left the group in 1966 and formed his own band called Cream together with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. They released three albums: Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire, all of which propelled the band to stardom and cemented Eric's reputation as a rock guitarist. Cream disbanded in 1968.
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Clapton also has 2 other children: a daughter (Ruth) and a son (Conor). Conor's mother is Lori del Santo, he died in 1991 and is the inspiration for Clapton's song "Tears in Heaven." Clapton earned the nickname "Slowhand" in 1964, not because he is a slow player. He also earned the nickname "God" (painted on a wall by a fan) while he was with the Bluesbreakers. In 1968, he played on George Harrison's recording of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
For more on Eric Clapton, visit his official website.