Before the advent of the legends Eric Clapton, there was no one deserving of the description “guitar hero.” Although we witnessed a lot of flashy players, none was like Clapton who soared to fame during the 1960s as the lead guitarist for several bands like The Yardbirds where he played from 1963 to 1965. He recorded a good level of success with the music band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers between 1965 and ’66 but later went over to the band Cream to play for a couple of years from 1966 to ’68. Before the end of 1868, Clapton joined Blind Faith, staying till the next year in 1969 and 1970 saw him as a band member with the group known as Derek and the Dominos.
Eric Clapton slowly eased into a solo career in the early 1970s, recording 24 studio albums, 18 compilations and 26 singles. He also takes the credit for 14 live albums as well as six soundtracks; the legendary musician has also embarked on hoards of collaborations with fellow artists. The peak of the music icon’s career occurred from 1989 to 2000 when several of his albums earned him five certifications in total, peaking at the top 10 in many countries. Till date, his bestselling album remains Unplugged – the live album which sold over 10 million copies in the US, earning pride of place as one of the best-selling live albums ever in the US.
Eric Clapton’s Bio (Age)
Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England on the 30th of March 1945 as the son of Edward Walter Fryer – a 25-year-old soldier who came from Montreal, Quebec and Patricia Molly Clapton – a 16-year-old girl still under the roof of her parents. Prior to Eric’s birth, his dad shipped off to war and from there went back to Canada.
The young musician spent his growing up years believing that his grandma Rose and her second spouse Jack Clapp were his real parents, and he believed his biological mother, Patricia, to be his sister. Noteworthy is the fact that the name of Rose’s first husband was Reginald Cecil Clapton (Patricia’s biological father) which gave rise to the mistaken belief that Eric’s real last name was Clapp. After Eric’s mum got married to another soldier from Canada, she left her son with his grandparents in Surrey and relocated to Germany.
Eric did not excel at academics – after graduating from Hollyfield School located in Surbiton, he joined the Kingston College of Arts but was later dismissed because his mind was more on music. At age 16, he had already perfected his skills at the strings of the guitar that he started drawing attention to himself. Eric Clapton began performing with a fellow young artist and joined his first band the Roosters at the age of 17.
Eric Clapton’s Son and Wife
Eric’s first wife Pattie Boyd was still the legal wife of his buddy George Harrison when the legendary guitarist started nursing some infatuation for her. They started co-habiting in 1974 but eventually got married on the 27th of March 1979. The couple’s union was flawed by domestic violence and infidelities on the side of the guitarist who had an extramarital affair with the manager of AIR Studios Montserrat – Yvonne Kelly who was also a married woman at that time. The fact that they were both married didn’t stop them from having an illegitimate daughter Ruth Kelly Clapton (b. January 1985) whose existence remained hidden until the media got hang of it.
Several unsuccessful attempts to have a child put a lot of strain on Eric and Pattie’s marriage and after numerous IVFs which ended in miscarriages, they divorced following Eric Clapton’s affair with Lory Del Santo, – Italian model who became the mother to his only son Conor, born on the 21st of August 1986. Unfortunately, Conor fell out from a window on the 53rd floor of a building in Manhattan; he died at a little above four years following the incident.
In 1998, Eric Clapton was at a party given in his honor after one of his performances in Columbus, Ohio, when he met Melia McEnery – a 22-year-old administrative assistant whom he secretly dated for one year before going public with the relationship in 1999. They eventually tied the nuptials at St Mary Magdalene church in Ripley on the 1st of January 2002. The duo has been together till date and their marriage is blessed with three daughters Julie Rose (b. 13th June 2001), Ella May (b. 14th January 2003) and Sophie Belle (b.1st February 2005).
Eric Clapton stands at height of 5′ 9¾” Which is approximately 1.77 m.
The net worth of the legendary guitarist is listed as $300 million. The major source of his wealth has always been his music career. His financial records once revealed £120 million in assets, a £9 million yacht, Va Bene property, £110 million earned from his touring income, his back music catalog as well as his holding company Marshbrook Ltd. Eric Clapton owns a fifty percent share of gentleman’s outfitters Cordings Piccadilly. He is a Ferrari brand collector and has his own range of the brand. He received a gift of a vintage Mini Cooper Radford from his friend George Harrison.