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Clapton, Eric

Susan Fast

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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[Clapp, Eric Patrick ]

(b Ripley, Surrey, March 30, 1945). English blues-rock guitarist. Until 1966, when he formed Cream, he was a blues purist, and blues has played a central role in his career; many would argue that he was at his best in this music.

After a brief time with the Yardbirds, Clapton established himself as a gifted interpreter of the blues in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers between 1965 and 1966 and achieved popular acclaim around London. Clapton's playing on Bluesbreakers - John Mayall with Eric Clapton (Decca, 1966) is remarkable, notably the opening riff and tasteful contrapuntal lines he weaves around Mayall's vocal in Otis Rush's ‘All your Love’, the guitar instrumental ‘Hideaway’ and the virtuoso solo in ‘Have you Heard’. This was the first blues-rock album to be dominated by the guitar. While blues was always important to Clapton, he set aside his purist aesthetic when he left Mayall, not devoting a full album to the genre again until ...

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Subjects: Popular Music ; Contemporary Music

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