Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton (born 30 March 1945) is a British musician of blues, rock and jazz. Before going solo, he was with several bands, including the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos in the mid-60's to early 70's.

QuotesEdit

  • 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 - 1997)
  • Layla, you got me on my knees. Layla, I'm begging, darling please. Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind.
    • Layla (by Derek and the Dominos - 1970)
  • 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)
  • 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"
  • Clapton went into a rap about Enoch. His initial line was "Enoch's right — I think we should send them back." I don't think he said "nigger" he said "wogs". He definitely said, "Keep Britain White". Nobody cheered, but after he played another song, he did the same again. It was extraordinary — but he stood there being overtly offensive and racist. I was completely mystified as to why this man playing black music would behave this way.
    • Author Caryl Philips, referring to the aforementioned Birmingham concert in 1976, at which Phillips was present. Quoted by author Robin Denselow in When The Music Stopped: The Story of Political Pop, Faber and Faber (1989), pp. 138-139.

AboutEdit

  • 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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