Legendary British guitarist Eric Clapton celebrated his 66th birthday today (30/3/11).
Clapton, who is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on three separate occasions (Yardbirds, Cream, and solo artist), founded a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, inspired by his own struggles with drug addiction, on the island of Antigua called the Crossroads Center in 1998. A recent auction of Eric’s personal collection of 75 guitars and 55 amps raised £1.3m for the centre.
Eric is famed for a string of hits spanning a 40 year career, including: “Layla”, “Cocaine”, “Sunshine Of Your Love”, “Wonderful Tonight”, and the haunting “Tears in Heaven”. Check out Eric’s live version of his 1970 hit “Layla”, which is found on the album ‘Layla and other assorted love songs’ by Derek and the Dominos.
Layla (Live) – Eric Clapton
YouTube play count for this video is currently over 16m!
Eric is performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London, between 17th-24th May 2011. Tickets: Link
Eric Clapton website: http://www.ericclapton.com