Eric “Slowhand” Clapton is a rock and blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist from England. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times – as a member of the bands Cream and the Yardbirds, and as a solo artist.
After leaving the Yardbirds in the 1960s, Clapton played with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers before forming Cream with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. He has also played with Blind Faith, a blues rock band he helped form, as well as various acts including Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and the Plastic Ono Band. Clapton achieved great success during his time in Derek and the Dominos with their hit song, “Layla”. During his solo career, he wrote classics including “Cocaine” and the more recent “Tears in Heaven”, about the death of his son.
Despite facing a number of personal struggles, Clapton is continually ranked on various lists as one of the greatest guitar players of all time. He has won 18 Grammy awards, a Brit award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, been awarded a CBE at Buckingham palace for his services to music, and founded a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.