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 Happy Birthday Eric

 

 

 

 

Early Life

 

” Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929 d. March 1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (21 March1920 – 15 May 1985), a 25-year-old soldier from Montreal, Quebec.[10] Fryer shipped off to war prior to Clapton’s birth and then returned to Canada. Clapton grew up with his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, who was stepfather to Patricia Clapton and her brother Adrian, believing they were his parents and that his mother was actually his older sister. The similarity in surnames gave rise to the erroneous belief that Clapton’s real surname is Clapp (Reginald Cecil Clapton was the name of Rose’s first husband, Eric Clapton’s maternal grandfather).[11] Years later, his mother married another Canadian soldier and moved to Germany,[12] leaving young Eric with his grandparents in Surrey.[13]

Clapton received an acoustic Hoyer guitar, made in Germany, for his thirteenth birthday, but the inexpensive steel-stringed instrument was difficult to play and he briefly lost interest.[13] Two years later Clapton picked it up again and started playing consistently.[13] Clapton was influenced by the blues from an early age, and practised long hours to learn the chords of blues music by playing along to the records.[14] He preserved his practice sessions using his portable Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder, listening to them over and over until he felt he’d got it right.[14][15]

After leaving Hollyfield School, in Surbiton, in 1961, Clapton studied at the Kingston College of Art but was dismissed at the end of the academic year because his focus remained on music rather than art. His guitar playing was so advanced that by the age of 16 he was getting noticed.[15] Around this time Clapton began busking aroundKingstonRichmond, and the West End.[16] In 1962, Clapton started performing as a duo with fellow blues enthusiast David Brock in pubs around Surrey.[15] When he was seventeen years old Clapton joined his first band, an early British R&B group, “The Roosters”, whose other guitarist was Tom McGuinness. He stayed with this band from January through August 1963.[17] In October of that year, Clapton did a seven-gig stint with Casey Jones & The Engineers.[17] “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further On Up The Road

” By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world’s major rock stars due to his group affiliations – the YardbirdsJohn Mayall’s BluesbreakersCream, and Blind Faith – which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature. And his debut album, though it spawned the Top 40 hit “After Midnight,” was typical of his self-effacing approach: it was, in effect, an album by the group he had lately been featured in, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Not surprisingly, before his solo debut had even been released, Claptonhad retreated from his solo stance, assembling from the D&B&F ranks the personnel for a group, Derek & the Dominos, with whom he played for most of 1970 and recorded the landmark album Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsClapton was largely inactive in 1971 and 1972, due to heroin addiction, but he performed a comeback concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on January 13, 1973, resulting in the album Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert (September 1973). But Claptondid not launch a sustained solo career until July 1974, when he released461 Ocean Boulevard, which topped the charts and spawned the number one single “I Shot the Sheriff.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Hall Of Fame Bio

 

” A January 1973 comeback concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre re-introduced him to public performing, but his solo career really commenced in earnest a year later with 461 Ocean Boulevard. Recorded in Miami, it was influenced by the mellower likes of J.J. Cale and Bob Marley. Striking a chord with the public, 461 Ocean Boulevard topped the album charts in 1974. Meanwhile, Clapton’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff,” originally by Bob Marley and the Wailers, helped introduced reggae to a mass audience. Working with a steady band that included guitarist George Terry, Clapton pursued a mellow, song-oriented course that accentuated his husky, laid-back vocals. His Seventies output, including such albums as There’s One in Every Crowd (1975) and No Reason to Cry (1976) has been largely underrated and is ripe for rediscovery. Clapton again struck commercial paydirt in 1977 with Slowhand, a strong set that included Clapton’s definitive version of J.J. Cale’s “Cocaine” and the #3 hit “Lay Down Sally.”

Clapton remained a prolific artist throughout the Eighties, releasing a live double album that reached #2 (Just One Night), cutting two albums (Behind the Sun and August) with Phil Collins as producer, and launching his own label, Duck Records, in 1983, with one of his stronger studio efforts, Money and Cigarettes. In January 1987, he undertook the first of what would become an annual series of multi-night stands at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 1992, his career received a major boost from his appearance on MTV’s Unplugged series. Returning to his roots on the heels of that acoustic folk-blues set, Clapton next cut a long-promised blues album, From the Cradle (1994). Throughout the Nineties, he continued to amass hits–no mean feat, given the shifting musical climate–including “Tears in Heaven,” a memorable elegy for his late son Conor; “Change the World,” a beatbox-driven collaboration with R&B artist/producer Babyface that won a Grammy for Record of the Year; and “My Father’s Eyes,” a ballad from his 1998 album Pilgrim.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

last.fm

 

“ Tears in Heaven” was written after his son’s tragic death. It was co-written with Russ Titelman and acknowledged with a Grammy in 1993.


Most recently, Eric Clapton has organized a benefit concert in honor of Hubert Sumlin, the great bluesman, to take place at the Apollo Theater in New York on February 24, 2012. He will be joined by Jeff Beck, Keb Mo, Levon Helm, and Derek Trucks among others. Clapton is known to sponsor an array of charitable events and concerts. He has also established a rehabilitation clinic in Monserrat to help those with substance abuse problems.

‘Clapton’ was released on September 27, 2010 by Reprise.

A live album titled Play The Blues Live At Lincoln Center performed with Wynton Marsellis was released on September 13, 2011 by Reprise.

Early 2013 saw the release of ‘Old Sock’, an album of 10 cover songs and two new originals, which was met with mixed reviews, some saying that it was lazy and unnecessary (“little commitment to the music here and even less enthusiasm”) whilst others appreciated the mastery he still exhibits over his craft (“winding down a legendary career with his typical class, reverence to the past and master’s touch”).

Eric Clapton is highly regarded as a premier musician, and continues to remain a force in music today.”

 

 

 

 

ERIC CLAPTON DISCOGRAPHY

 

 Concert Videos

Happy Birthday Eric . Thank You

 

Further Reading

 

Eric Clapton- NPR

MTV

Eric Clapton - IMDb

Eric Clapton on Yahoo! Music

Where’s Eric | The Eric Clapton Fan Club Magazine

Eric-Clapton - The Unofficial Website

Eric Clapton |  Rolling Stone

Eric Clapton -  on Pandora 

Rock On The Net: Eric Clapton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” Joe Bonamassa guests with Jethro Tull at the High Voltage Festival, London, 24th July 2011 – encore – Locomotive Breath; recorded with Flip Mino”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Cracked

 

 

” When we think of easter eggs, we think of little details in movies and video games. It turns out that the music industry has been in on the game for decades as well. We asked you to bring us some of the best. The most awesome is below, but first the runners-up …”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duane Allman: The Complete 1981 Dickey Betts Interview

 

 

 

 

” In all, the original Allman Brothers Band lineup appeared together on The Allman Brothers BandIdlewild SouthThe Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East, and portions of Eat a Peach, released after Duane’s death in a 1971 motorcycle accident.

My conversation with Dickey Betts took place on July 16, 1981. Dickey understood that this interview was in honor of the 10th anniversary of Duane’s passing, and he told me he was happy to focus totally on Duane. I admired him then — and still do today — for doing it. Later on, I did do an in-depth interview with Dickey about his own playing.”

 

A teaser :

 

Would you describe how he played slide?

Duane played slide guitar more like a harmonica than he did a guitar. Like we were talking about him listening to Elmore James, he also listened to all the harp players – Sonny Boy Williamson and all that. He really played a lot of harmonica licks on slide guitar. He used glass, a Coricidon bottle. That’s before you could buy ’em in music stores – you can buy ’em in music stores now. And he wore it in his ring finger, which is so unorthodox. Most people who play slide either wear it on their middle finger or their little finger, so you can fret the guitar. But that was the way he wanted to do it, you know. He wore the slide on his ring finger, and he didn’t use a pick. He’d use just the thumb and the first and second finger, kind of a fingerpicking style, which is the same style I’ve adopted on slide guitar. As I say, he influenced my electric slide immensely.

 

 

 

 

 

Little feat – Rock ‘n’ roll doctor

Aerosmith and Ted Nugent – Milk Cow Blues

The Kinks – Good Golly Miss Molly, 1973

 

The Allman Brothers Band with Duane – In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – Fillmore East – 09/23/1970

 

23 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Songs

 

#11 By: drudru

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Music fans spend a lot of time trying to find meaning in the songs they know and love. Well, it turns out a lot of our most popular songs have meanings that are a lot more bizarre than we would’ve thought possible. We asked our readers to dig up some surprising facts on some of your favorite songs. The winner is below, but first the runners-up …”

Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher And Larry Carlton

    Today March 2 is the birthdate of two of the greatest guitarists to ever live : Rory Gallagher who , had he lived would have been celebrating his 65th birthday today and Larry Carlton who turns 65 . Happy Birthday to them both and thank you for your tremendous contributions to the world of music .

Rory Gallagher 

Mar 02, 1948 – Jun 14, 1995

Tore Down – Germany 1971/72


Biography

” Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal; his father, Daniel, was employed by the Irish Electricity Supply Board, who were constructing a hydro-electric power plant on the Erne River above the town. The family moved, first to Derry City, where his younger brother Dónal was born in 1949, and then to Cork, where the two brothers were raised, and where Rory attended the North Monastery School. Their father had played the accordion and sang with the Tir Chonaill Ceile Band whilst in Donegal; their mother Monica was a singer and acted with the Abbey Players in Ballyshannon. The Theatre in Ballyshannon where Monica once acted is now called the Rory Gallagher Theatre.

Both sons were musically inclined and encouraged by their parents. At age nine, Gallagher received his first guitar from them. He built on his burgeoning ability on ukulele in teaching himself to play the guitar and perform at minor functions. After winning a talent contest when he was twelve, Gallagher began performing in his adolescence with both his acoustic guitar, and an electric guitar he bought with his prize money. However, it was his purchase three years later of a 1961 Fender Stratocaster for £100 that became his primary instrument and most associated with him for the span of his lifetime.[7]

Gallagher was initially attracted to skiffle after hearing Lonnie Donegan on the radio. Donegan frequently covered blues and folk performers from the United States. He relied entirely on radio programs and television. Occasionally, the jazz programs from the BBC would play some blues numbers, and he slowly found some song books for guitar, where he found the names of the actual composers of blues pieces. While still in school, playing songs by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, he discovered his greatest influence in Muddy Waters. Subsequently, Gallagher began experimenting with folk, blues, and rock music. Unable to find or afford record albums, Gallagher stayed up late to hear Radio Luxembourg and AFN where the radio brought him his only exposure to the actual songwriters and musicians whose music moved him most.[8] Influences he discovered, and cited as he progressed, included Woody GuthrieBig Bill Broonzy, and Lead Belly. Initially, Gallagher struck out after just an acoustic sound.[7] Singing and later using a brace for hisharmonica, Gallagher taught himself to play slide guitar. Further, throughout the next few years of his musical development, Gallagher began learning to play alto saxophonebassmandolinbanjo, and the coral sitar with varying degrees of proficiency.[9] By his mid-teens, he began experimenting heavily with different blues styles.[10] “

Tattoo’d Lady live 1975

Year Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating
1971
Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher Buddha Records
(19)
1971
Deuce
Deuce Buddha Records
(18)
1972
Live! In Europe
Live! In Europe Buddha Records
(16)
1973
Blueprint
Blueprint Buddha Records
(17)
1973
Tattoo
Tattoo Buddha Records
(22)
1974
Irish Tour 1974
Irish Tour 1974 Capo Records
(25)
1975
Against the Grain
Against the Grain Eagle / Eagle Records
(10)
1976
Calling Card
Calling Card Buddha Records
(24)
1978
Photo-Finish
Photo-Finish Buddha Records / Capo Records
(11)
1979
Top Priority
Top Priority Buddha Records
(11)
1980
Stage Struck
Stage Struck Capo / Capo Records
(3)
1982
Jinx
Jinx Buddha Records
(10)
1988
Defender
Defender Buddha Records
(7)
1988
Fresh Evidence
Fresh Evidence Buddha Records
(7)
1989 That’s Original Castle Music Ltd.
No User Ratings
1992 Calling Card, Pts. 1-2 Castle Music Ltd.
No User Ratings
1992 The Bullfrog Interlude Castle Music Ltd.
No User Ratings

Nadine 1986


VIDEOS

Rest In Peace Rory 

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Happy Birthday Larry Carlton 

“Cold, Cold” – with Robben Ford

Biography

” Carlton was born in Torrance, California. He started learning to play guitar when he was six years old, studying under Slim Edwards near his Torrance home. Taking an interest in jazz while at high school, his playing style was influenced by Joe PassWes MontgomeryBarney Kessel, and B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane has also made a notable impression on Carlton, and Carlton’s live albums have featured cuts from Miles Davis‘ Kind of Blue.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Carlton was a session musician in Los Angeles, making up to five hundred recordings a year, including albums by Steely DanJoni MitchellBilly JoelMichael JacksonQuincy JonesThe Four TopsChristopher CrossBarbra Streisandthe Partridge Family, and Charly García‘s Clics Modernos. His guitar work on Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” from their 1976 LP The Royal Scam has been listed as the third best guitar solo on record by Rolling Stone Magazine. From 1971 to 1976 he played with the jazz-rock group The Crusaders. In 1977 he signed with Warner Bros. Records for a solo career. In 1979 he played guitar on Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall. Although still relatively unknown outside his fan-base, Carlton produced six albums from 1978 to 1984, during which his adaptation of Santo Farina‘s “Sleepwalk” climbed the pop and adult contemporary charts and his 1983 LP Friends garnered a Grammy nomination. In 1979, Carlton appeared on the Grammy award winning, self-titled, debut album by Christopher Cross. Guitar great Eric Johnson also played on that same album.

His solo career took a twist in 1985 when he signed with MCA Master Series for an acoustic jazz album. The result was Alone / But Never Alone, which included a rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer“. During this time Carlton worked with musicians from around the world, including Japanese guitarist Hideshi Takatani. From 1985 to 1990 Carlton did various solo projects including the 1986 liveLast Nite. He won another Grammy for his cover of the McDonald/Abrams song “Minute by Minute,” from the successful LP Discovery.”

Larry’s Blues

Year Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating
1968
With a Little Help from My Friends
With a Little Help from My Friends Edsel
No User Ratings
1973
Playing/Singing
Playing/Singing Edsel
No User Ratings
1977 Larry Carlton: Live MCA
No User Ratings
1978
Larry Carlton
Larry Carlton MCA Jazz / GRP
(2)
1979 Mr. 335 Live in Japan
(1)
1981
Sleepwalk
Sleepwalk MCA Jazz / GRP
(3)
1981
Strikes Twice
Strikes Twice MCA Jazz / MCA
(2)
1983
Eight Times Up
Eight Times Up Wounded Bird
(1)
1983
Friends
Friends MCA Jazz / MCA
(1)
1986
Last Nite
Last Nite MCA
(2)
1986
Alone/But Never Alone
Alone/But Never Alone MCA
No User Ratings
1986
Discovery
Discovery MCA
(1)
1989
Christmas at My House
Christmas at My House MCA
No User Ratings
1989
On Solid Ground
On Solid Ground GRP/Impulse! / Universal
(3)
1992
Kid Gloves
Kid Gloves GRP
(1)
1993
Renegade Gentleman
Renegade Gentleman GRP
(1)
1995
Best One
Best One Universal/MCA
No User Ratings
1995
Larry & Lee
Larry & Lee GRP / Universal / Universal Distribution
(4)
1996
Gift
Gift GRP / Universal
(1)
2000
Fingerprints
Fingerprints Warner Bros.
(1)
2000 Words + Music Warner Bros.
No User Ratings
2001
No Substitutions: Live in Osaka
No Substitutions: Live in Osaka Favored Nations Records
(6)
2001
Deep into It
Deep into It Warner Bros.
(2)
2004
Sapphire Blue
Sapphire Blue Bluebird RCA / RCA
(3)
2005
Fire Wire
Fire Wire Bluebird
(6)
2006
I Hear Angels Calling
I Hear Angels Calling 335
No User Ratings
2007
Live In Tokyo
Live In Tokyo 335
(2)
2008
The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Musical Compositions
The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Musical Compositions Sony BMG
No User Ratings
2010
Plays the Sound of Philadelphia
Plays the Sound of Philadelphia 335
(1)
2010
Take Your Pick
Take Your Pick 335
(1)
2012
Four Hands & A Heart, Vol. 1
Four Hands & A Heart, Vol. 1 335
No User Ratings
2013
Unplugged
Unplugged 335
(1)
335 Blues Master Class
335 Blues Master Class 335
No User Ratings
335 Improv Master Class
335 Improv Master Class 335
No User Ratings
Carrying You MCA
No User Ratings
Hello Tomorrow MCA
No User Ratings
Les Incontournables du Jazz WM France
No User Ratings
Minute by Minute MCA
No User Ratings
Smiles and Smiles to Go MCA
No User Ratings

Burnable – Live Performance

VIDEOS

Happy Birthday Larry Carlton

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Concert For Bangladesh with Eric Clapton , Bob Dylan , George Harrison , Ringo Starr , Billy Preston and More

RIP John Wilkinson

 

Elvis guitarist dies after cancer battle: John Wilkinson dead at 67 (Photos)

 

Elvis Presley and John Wilkinson phtos

 

 

” Sadly, an Elvis guitarist died Friday at 67. John Wilkinson, who played 1,200 shows with Elvis Presley, passed away in Springfield, Mo. Family members say his cause of death was related to a battle with cancer. His wife said he spent is last hours listening to music by The King.

According to a report on Jan. 11 from News-Leader, Wilkinson’s wife, Terry, was by his side when Elvis’ upstart guitarist died yesterday.

View slideshow: John Wilkinson dies at 67

Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley reached out to Wilkinson’s family with their deepest condolences. A statement read: “John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts.” “

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