Eric Clapton - Did You Know?

Eric Clapton - Did You Know?July 29, 2018

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English rock and blues singer and songwriter, Eric Clapton.




Eric Clapton is an English rock and blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, and is considered to be one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.

Eric Clapton has a nickname with an interesting story to it. His nickname is "slowhand" although he plays the guitar very fast. Clapton's manager started calling him "slowhand" while he was touring with his band The Yardbirds in 1964.

Clapton was famous for breaking strings because of his ridiculous bends, so when he would go backstage in order to change strings, the audience would start a slow hand clap until Clapton returned on stage.

Eric Clapton is ranked second on the list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" made by Rolling Stone magazine and fourth on the list if "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time" made by Gibson. He is also ranked at the No.5 spot on the list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" done by Time magazine in 2009.

On top of that all, Eric Clapton is the only person that was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame three times. As a solo act and as part of the bands Cream and The Yardbirds.

He has won 18 Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and has also recieved the Lifetime Achievement Award. To this day, Eric Clapton has sold Clapton has sold over 130 million records all over the world.

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Eric Clapton wrote the song "Tears In Heaven" about his four-year-old son, Conor, who died on March 20, 1991, when he fell out of a 53rd floor window in the apartment where his mother was staying in New York City.

Eric Clapton wasn't sure he wanted this song to be released at all, but the director of the movie Rush, Lili Zanuck, convinced Clapton to use this song in the film.

Zanuck's argument was that it might in some way help somebody, and that got Clapton's approval.

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