Eric Clapton Fender Stratocaster Wall Plaque
Eric Patrick Clapton CBE, born 30th March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, UK. Considered by many to be the world's finest rock guitarist, Eric is the only solo performer in the history of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to be inducted on three separate occasions.
He has played as a guest for countless artists and bands since the early 1960's, indeed so many that it would be impossible to list them all here, but here are the best known bands of which he was an actual member: The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominoes.
His scope and unique range of styles is unrivalled by any other rock guitarist and such is his fame and influence that since he first came to prominence in the early 1960's he alone has been responsible for many of the rock guitar genres that we hear to this day.
He has played many different guitars over the decades but he often refers to 'Blackie' (a black Fender Stratocaster), built and re-assembled from three Stratocasters which were originally built in 1956-57, as his most iconic. It was first used on stage during the 'Rainbow Concert' at the Rainbow Theatre, London on January 13th 1973. In June 2004 it was sold at Christies Auction House, New York for a staggering world record $959,500!
Will there ever be another Eric Clapton? The simple answer to that is no. A totally unique and gifted musician, who quite justifiably can be described as a 'musical genius'.