Eric Clapton

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Eric Clapton in 2005

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. He was also part of the bands Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos.

Quotes[edit]

  • Did you plan your leads, or, for that matter, do you plan them now?
No. The only planning I do is about a minute before I play. I desperately try to think of something that will be effective, but I never sit down and work it out note for note.
  • Fred Stuckey, "Eric Clapton Interview," Guitar Player 4 (June 1970) p. 47. guitarplayer.com
  • Tell me why, must I fall in love with you?
    • Fall Like Rain (from the album Pilgrim - 1998)
  • Layla, you got me on my knees. Layla, I'm begging, darling please. Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind.
  • Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same If I saw you in heaven?
    • Tears in Heaven (from the album Unplugged - 1992)
  • And I say, "Yes, you look wonderful tonight."
    • Wonderful Tonight (from the album Slowhand - 1977)
  • Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the w:wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded, and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking … don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us, for fuck’s sake?
  • All I am certain of right now is that I don't want to go anywhere, and that's not bad for someone who always used to run.
    • "Clapton: The Autobiography"
  • Music will always find its way to us, with or without business, politics, religion, or any other bullshit attached. Music survives everything, and like God, it is always present. It needs no help, and suffers no hindrance.
    • "Clapton: The Autobiography"
  • In my lowest moments, the only reason I didn't commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn't be able to drink anymore if I was dead.
    • "Clapton: The Autobiography", about his alcoholism in the 1980s
  • [Unplugged] was also the cheapest to produce and required the least amount of preparation and work. But if you want to know what it actually cost me, go to Ripley and visit the grave of my son.
    • "Clapton: The Autobiography"

About[edit]

  • He is a great person, as well as a great musician. And this guy sings like he was born down below Mississippi!
  • I think Clapton is brilliant. He's the only one who moved me. The only one who made me want to play the guitar.
  • His fingers are directly wired to his soul.
  • I had a Les Paul before Eric but I didn't have a Marshall. And when Eric got all of that together he was a delight to listen to. He really understood the blues.
    • Jimmy Page, quoted in Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. pp. 175. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 

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