Eric Clapton, the immortal guitar god from England.
Born Eric Patrick Clapton, he made a name for himself with several high-praised acts, including The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominoes and Cream – which was touted as the first “super band” ever.
Later on, Clapton went solo and made more blues-oriented records, reflected in the critically acclaimed epics such as From The Cradle.
His 1992 MTV Unplugged-album was a multimillion-seller, eventually winning 6 Grammy Awards in the process - including one for his stripped down-version of “Layla” (a song previously recorded with Derek And The Dominoes).
The first time you hear the song in the unplugged-version, you wonder how a song can be so bittersweet and yet so addictive.
Eric Clapton faced some demons (drugs, alcohol) before he came of age. But now, at 61, he's better than ever.
Some artists do create magic while they're drug addled, but others shine just as brightly when they are sober. Long live Clapton!
Julian, 2 August 2006