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Eric Clapton: Recovered Thanks to Music

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Born in 1945, Eric Patrick Clapton is considered one of the most influential and respected English guitarists of the popular rock-era. The most peculiar feature of his career is that in spite of his varied musical style, he has kept rooted in the Blues. In addition, he has been an innovator in various phases of his career, including Hard Rock and Blues-Rock. In the same way, he has also worked in genres like Delta Blues, Pop, Reggae, and Rock, achieving lots of success and recognition.

At the age of 17 years old, he joined his first band, wherein he played in London clubs with whom someday would be members of the Rolling Stones. In 1963, he joined The Yardbirds, a blues-influenced rock and roll band, which attracted a large amount of people when they began playing all strict blues covers of Chess. By 1965, they had their first great hit: For Your Love, on which Clapton played the guitar. After having quit the band, he joined another one but a short period of time, and, finally, he began to develop as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Unfortunately, Clapton’s personal life was not as successful as his career because he started consuming drugs. This situation provoked that much of his output did not receive the acceptance of his earlier work. Certainly, he continued releasing albums and making tours, he had some bad experiences because of his addiction to drugs and alcohol. Clapton emerged again with acclaimed critics about his new album in 1994 and the recording of the soundtrack of the movie Phenomenon in 1996. That same year, he also recorded an album with electronic music, Retail Therapy. In 2002, Clapton planned The Concert for George, which is a tribute to George Harrison at the Royal Albert Hall. Besides, Clapton started playing at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2005 to initiate the revival of Cream. In spite of his numerous personal problems, Clapton had the strength to recover his life and continue singing.

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