Eric Clapton

Musician, Composer, Singer
Arguably one of the most significant rock-n-roll artists of the 20th century, Eric Clapton was a member of four influential bands - the blues-driven Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the soul-drenched Derek and ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1945 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Music (85)

Snowpiercer 2014 (Movie)

("Strange Brew ") (Song)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

("Lay Down Sally") (Song Performer)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

("Lay Down Sally") (Song)

Captain Phillips 2013 (Movie)

("Wonderful Tonight") (Song Performer)

Captain Phillips 2013 (Movie)

("Wonderful Tonight") (Song)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Song)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("Sunshine Of Your Love" From "The Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour") (Song)

Tooth Fairy 2010 (Movie)

("Sunshine Of Your Love") (Song)

The Box 2009 (Movie)

("Bell Bottom Blues") (Song)

The International 2009 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Song)

Next 2007 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Song)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

("Cocaine") (Song Performer)

The Bad News Bears 2005 (Movie)

("Everything Is Alright") (Song Performer)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

("Cocaine") (Song Performer)

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Song)

Concert For George 2003 (Movie)

Musical Director (Music)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

("Sunshine Of Your Love") (Song)

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

("Sunshine Of Your Love") (Song)

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

("Further On Up the Road") (Song Performer)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Song)

El Juego de Luna 2001 (Movie)

("Motherless Children") (Song Performer)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

song/song producer & performer("Get Lost" "Get Lost (remix)") (Song)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

("Further On Up the Road") (Song Performer)

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

song/song performer("Pilgrim") (Song)

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Nil By Mouth 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

("Bell Bottom Blues") (Song)

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

("Badge") (Song)

Music in Movies '96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Van 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

("I Can't Stand It") (Song Performer)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

Retooling America 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

("Sunshine of Your Love") (Song)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Song)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

("Miss You") (Song Performer)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

("It's Probably Me") (Song)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

("It's Probably Me" "Runaway Train") (Song Performer)

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

("Give Me Strenth") (Song Performer)

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

("Loving Your Lovin'") (Song Performer)

Backdraft 1991 (Movie)

("Sunshine of Your Love") (Song)

Rush 1991 (Movie)

("Tears in Heaven" "Help Me Up" "Don't Know Which Way to Go") (Song Performer)

Rush 1991 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Rush 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Layla") (Song Performer)

Jacksonville Jazz X 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

Communion, A True Story 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Communion, A True Story 1989 (Movie)

(Performer)

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

("Motherless Children") (Song Performer)

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Homeboy 1988 (Movie)

guitarist (Music)

Edge of Darkness 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

(Performer)

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

("Layla") (Song)

The American Way 1987 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

("Forever Man") (Song Performer)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

("It's in the Way You Use It") (Song)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

("It's My Life Baby" "It's in the Way You Use It") (Song Performer)

Water 1986 (Movie)

("Freedom") (Song)

Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

("One Step Away") (Song Performer)

Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

(Song)

Fandango 1985 (Movie)

("Badge") (Song)

The Hit 1983 (Movie)

title music (Music)

Uncommon Valor 1983 (Movie)

("Sunshine of Your Love") (Song)

Private Lessons 1981 (Movie)

("Next Time You See Her") (Song Performer)

Private Lessons 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

guitarist (Music)

Eric Clapton and His Rolling Hotel 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Eric Clapton and His Rolling Hotel 1979 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Song)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

("Further on Up the Road") (Song Performer)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Musician (Music)

Mean Streets 1973 (Movie)

("I Looked Away") (Music)

Slipstream 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Sweet Toronto 1971 (Movie)

(Performer)

The Concert For Bangla Desh 1971 (Movie)

(Song Performer)
Actor (75)

B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Story Of The Yardbirds 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Beware of Mr. Baker 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Before the Music Dies 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2005 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Concert For George 2003 (Movie)

Himself--Musical Director (Actor)

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Class of 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

After New Year's Eve With David Sanborn 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Eric Clapton and Friends: Crosswinds Concert 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Class of '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Guitar--The Louisiana Gator Boys Band (Actor)

MTV Unplugged 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Music For Montserrat 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Boy "In Sunshine Or in Shadow" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe Cocker: Have a Little Faith 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Tribute 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Band 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Eric Clapton: From the Cradle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Robbie Robertson: Going Home 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 1994 (Movie)

The Dirty Mac--Band Member (Actor)

Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

1990 Billboard Music Awards Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Rolling Stones: Terrifying 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Blues Session: B.B. King & Friends 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Eric Clapton in Concert 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Water 1986 (Movie)

Singing Rebel Band Member (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eric Clapton and His Rolling Hotel 1979 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

Jimi Hendrix 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sweet Toronto 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Concert For Bangla Desh 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Arguably one of the most significant rock-n-roll artists of the 20th century, Eric Clapton was a member of four influential bands - the blues-driven Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the soul-drenched Derek and the Dominos, and the psychedelic Cream - before embarking on a four-decades long solo career that produced such hits as "I Shot the Sheriff," "Wonderful Tonight," "After Midnight," "Tears in Heaven" and "My Father's Eyes. " His formidable guitar skills, rooted deeply in the blues, first drew attention in the early 1960s, spawning the infamous "Clapton is God" graffiti that earmarked him as a legend. Clapton shrank from the spotlight, forming the power trio Cream, which favored improvisation over pop songs. The oversized talents of each member proved too great for one band, but he soon returned to a group format with Derek and the Dominos, which produced one of his greatest works, the epic "Layla," inspired by his unrequited passion for Patti Boyd, wife of his friend and Beatle George Harrison. Heartbreak turned to drug addiction that temporarily halted Clapton's career until he resurfaced in the mid-1970s with a run of acclaimed solo albums that carried into the '90s and beyond. Clapton's greatest triumph came at a terrible cost: his multi-Grammy-winning song "Tears in Heaven" was inspired by the loss of his young son, Conor, in 1991 who fell to his death from a high-rise apartment. Clapton recovered by returning to the healing power of the blues, on which he had built one of the most acclaimed musical careers in rock-n-roll.

Relationships

Patti Boyd Actor

Wife
Ex-wife of Beatle George Harrison; she inspired Clapton's song "Layla" (1971) Married March 27, 1979 Divorced June 1988

Jack Clapp

Grandfather
Clapton's grandmother's second husband who raised him as his son

Rose Clapp

Grandmother
Raised Clapton as a son; first husband's last name was Clapton

Patricia Clapton

Mother
Clapton believed she was his older sister until he was nine

Julie Clapton

Daughter
Born June 13, 2001; mother, Melia McEnery Baptized in ceremony when parents married Jan. 1, 2002

Ruth Clapton

Daughter
Born 1985; mother, Yvonne Kellyn Baptized in ceremony when father married Melia McEnery Jan. 1, 2002

Conor Clapton

Son
Born August 1986; mother, Lory Del Santo Died March 20, 1991 as a result of a fall from 53rd floor of NYC condo at age four Clapton wrote "Tears in Heaven" (1992) following death of son

Sheryl Crow Actor

Companion
Dated 1996 No longer together

Lory Del Santo Actor

Companion
Couple's son Conor born Aug. 21, 1986 while Clapton was still married to Pattie Boyd No longer together

Edward Fryer

Father

Moira Kelly Actor

Companion
No longer together

Yvonne Kellyn

Companion
Had relationship 1983 No longer together

Melia McEnery

Wife
Married Jan. 1, 2002 in Ripley, England

Ted Rich

Half-Brother
Father, Edward Fryer; Canadian newspapers discovered Rich's relationship with Clapton and reported it; Rich became heroin addict living in Vancouver, Canada

EDUCATION

Kingston College of Art

Surrey
Expelled for playing guitar in class

Hollyfield School

Surrey

Milestones

2013

Released 20th studio album Old Sock, featuring two new compositions, and guest artists Steve Winwood and Paul McCartney

2010

Debuted at No. 6 on Billboard chart with Clapton, featuring Grammy-nominated track "Run Back to Your Side"

2006

Released collaboration with guitar legend J.J. Cale titled The Road to Escondido

2005

Released first album of new original material in nearly five years Back Home

2004

Released two records packed full of covers by legendary bluesman Robert Johnson titled Me & Mr Johnson

2001

Released 15th studio album Reptile

2000

Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as solo artist

1998

Performed in "Blues Brothers 2000" finale with B.B. King (also Steve Winwood, Lou Rawls, and Jimmie Vaughn)

1998

Announced plans to open an alcohol and drug treatment center in Antigua, West Indies

1997

Won three Grammy Awards for single "Change the World" from drama feature "Phenomenon" soundtrack

1997

Provided music for Gary Oldman's directorial debut "Nil By Mouth"

1994

Payed homage to blues heroes of his youth with From the Cradle, an album of blues covers

1992

Released Unplugged album (from "MTV Unplugged" series); included "Tears In Heaven" and acoustic version of "Layla"

1991

Scored feature film "Rush"; included performance of Grammy-winning song "Tears In Heaven" inspired by death of his son Conor

1987

Wrote (along with Michael Kamen) music for "Lethal Weapon"; Clapton and Kamen (with David Sanborn) would also score "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989) and "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992)

1985

Received Grammy nomination for his contribution to "Back to the Future"

1981

Had Top 10 hit with "I Can't Stand It"; song would later resurface in feature film "Georgia" (1995)

1981

Hospitalized briefly for alcoholism

1975

Made acting debut as The Preacher in "Tommy"

1974

Released 461 Ocean Boulevard; scored No. 1 hit single with cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff"

1974

Provided music along with Brian Ahern and Van Morrison for Canadian film "Slipstream"

1973

Began comeback with a concert at London's Rainbow Theatre

1970

Played at benefit concert for Bangladesh

1969

Retreated to isolation of his Surrey home to battle heroin addiction

1969

Worked with Delaney and Bonnie

1969

Recorded first solo album Eric Clapton, which yielded U.S. hit "After Midnight"

1969

Formed Derek and the Dominos with Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, and Bobby Whitlock, all former Delaney and Bonnie sidemen; released group's only studio album Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

1968

Cream broke up

1968

Formed short-lived supergroup Blind Faith with Baker, Winwood, and Rick Grech; embraced Christianity during U.S. tour, which he has given up and reaffirmed periodically since

1966

After leaving the Bluesbreakers, formed Cream with Bruce and Ginger Baker; recorded rock classics like "Sunshine of Your Love" (which would grace 1994 feature "True Lies") and "Crossroads"

1965

Joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers; also with Mayall, participated in studio band Powerhouse, which included Jack Bruce and Steve Winwood

1964

Made recording debut with album Five Live Yardbirds

1963

Played with Yardbirds until they traded power blues for psychedelic pop

1963

Worked seven-gig stint with Top 40 band Casey Jones and the Engineers

1963

Worked with Tom McGuinness (later of Manfred Mann) in first band the Roosters

Received first guitar from grandmother

Bonus Trivia

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Clapton was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music in 1994. He was promoted to Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004.

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In 2000, Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time (this time as a solo artist). He was earlier inducted as a member of the bands Cream and The Yardbirds.

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He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2001.

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