Eric Clapton at 66

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

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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