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  1. Introduction.
    1. Eric Patrick Clapton.
    2. His upbringing.
  2. The explosion of Rock and Roll.
  3. The Yardbirds.
  4. Clapton's joining John Mayell's Bluesbreakers.
  5. Clapton's three years of heroin addiction.
  6. The loss of all close friends.
  7. Conclusion.

In the late 1960s, one of the most well known cases of graffiti observed around the musical Meccas of London and New York was "Clapton is God". Three decades later, the sensational guitarist and singer continues to keep his fans captivated by producing remarkable musical innovations. His revolutionary musical career has been marked by tremendous personal adversity and tragedy. Through the emotional truth of his music, he has sought shelter and relief from the distress of a drug and alcohol addiction, personal relationships gone wrong, and the deaths of several loved ones along the way. His legendary career has included various genres and collaborations, confirming his ability as one of the most versatile musicians in the business. As the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of both The Yardbirds, Cream, and as a solo artist), Eric Clapton continues to astound and gratify an extensive continuum of music enthusiasts

[...] Clapton focused his crushing sorrow into writing the heart-wrenching 1992 Grammy-winning tribute to his son, ?Tears in Heaven.? (Clapton received a total of six Grammys that year for the single and for the album Unplugged.) In 1994, Eric once again began to play traditional blues and his album, From the Cradle, marked a return to pure blues standards, and it was a hit with critics and fans. In February of 1997 he collect the Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammys for "Change the World," off the soundtrack of the John Travolta movie Phenomenon. [...]


[...] In the summer of 1970, Eric created Derek and the Dominos with members from Delaney & Bonnie's band. The Dominos would go on to record the influential rock album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The albums' theme revolved around Clapton's unreciprocated love for close friend and former Beatle, George Harrison's wife, Pattie. Unfortunately, personal struggles and career demands on the guitarist led to a major heroin addiction. Derek and the Dominos crumbled during the course of an American tour and cancelled an effort to record a second album. [...]

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