social icons WMMM twitter facebook instagram facebook twitter instagram
Jennifer Maxwell
Text "TRIPLE M" to 20357 join the 105.5 Triple M Text Club. Message & data rates may apply. Frequency is recurring & varies. Terms: Click here. Reply STOP to cancel.

Kitty Dunn

What does Kitty have to say?


 


Happy birthday Mr. Clapton!

It would be great enough if Eric Clapton had say, just been in Cream and the Yardbirds. He'd surely be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But his career has had so many phases it's hard for the average person to keep track.

So, on the occasion of Clapton's 67th birthday, I present a timeline for you. And I promise I'm doing this without the aid of wikipedia or google, so there's a chance some of this may not even be right. But it's close enough for rock and roll.

1960's
Clapton plays guitar with John Mayall's Blues Breakers, the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith. He sets up a future "ironic" tag when he quits the Yardbirds because they're getting too commercial and straying too far away from the blues.

1970's
Clapton records with Delaney and Bonnie, forms Derek and the Dominos, and starts a solo career (I believe all before the year 1970 is over!) He marries George Harrison's wife Patti Boyd, does a lot of drugs, has some huge hits including one that does well on the country charts (Lay Down Sally).

1980's
Clapton gets sober, continues to tour and maintain his image as one of the best guitar players ever.

1990's
Clapton has new success, sadly following the death of his son Conor with the song "Tears in Heaven" re-records Layla as a slow ballad and wins a Grammy for song of the year.

2000's and beyond
Clapton throws his energy into his Crossroads Rehab Center in Antigua, selling off a bunch of his iconic guitars for the cause. Also holds several big Crossroads Guitar Festivals, including one that I got to attend in Chicago in 2010!


Speaking of that great show in Chicago, here's a video from one of the first performances of the day, when Clapton played with some one he introduced as his "hero" Sonny Landreth. I thought Eric looked a little non-rock-star like in those shorts and sandals, but in his defense, it was around 90 degrees that day.



Tags :  
Topics : Entertainment_Culture
Social :
Locations : Chicago
People : BonnieConorDelaneyEric ClaptonGeorge HarrisonJohn MayallPatti Boyd


Share This: | More


 
03/30/2012 10:04AM
Happy birthday Mr. Clapton!
Please Enter Your Comments Below
Title :
Comment :
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
2 Minute Promise
Submit
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bob Marley
Bob Marley's birthday is a national holiday in Jamaica, and we'll celebrate his life and music this Friday on 105.5 Triple M. Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, would have been 71 years old on February 6th. Here are some things you may not...
Read More
"I Never Cry" Alice Cooper--World's Worst iPod
When the band Alice Cooper was formed, they made some pretty great rock and roll albums. But as the 1970s progressed, something happened to the former Vincent Furnier. He started showing his softer, more vulnerable side. His early fans would say that...
Read More
"We Don't Have to Take our Clothes Off" World's Worst iPod
Weren't the 1980s great? The song "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart made it up to #5 on the US charts in 1986, and was also a dance hit. The song also was featured on the best police show about cops who...
Read More
Randy Van Warmer--World's Worst iPod
What could make you feel warmer on a cold winter day than a guy who's named Randy Van Warmer? This sad little song, "Jus When I Needed You Most", made it to #4 on the singles chart in 1979, and despite its gloomy tone was a popular song...
Read More
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey was just 67 when he died Monday of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was one of the founding members of the Eagles and had a successful solo career in the 1980s. Here are a few more things...
Read More
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about R.E.M.
R.E.M., the Athens Georgia college rock band that hit it big, is our Friday feature this week--and I dug up a few fun facts about the band that you might enjoy. 1. Their debut album, Murmur, was named the best an album of 1983 by Rolling Stone...
Read More
Feeling Hot Hot Hot (World's Worst iPod)
We're in the midst of a cold snap here in Wisconsin, so some wise guy chose the 1987 Buster Poindexter song "Hot Hot Hot" to feature for the World's Worst iPod. Although a lot of people desperately wanted NOT to hear it, we played...
Read More
7 Great David Bowie quotes
The world was shocked Monday morning when we learned of the passing of David Bowie. According to his publicist, Bowie died Sunday after an 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie was a master of reinventing himself, and his music. And he also had a way...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bob Marley
Bob Marley's birthday is a national holiday in Jamaica, and we'll celebrate his life and music this Friday on 105.5 Triple M. Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, would have been 71 years old on February 6th. Here are some things you may not...
Read More
"I Never Cry" Alice Cooper--World's Worst iPod
When the band Alice Cooper was formed, they made some pretty great rock and roll albums. But as the 1970s progressed, something happened to the former Vincent Furnier. He started showing his softer, more vulnerable side. His early fans would say that...
Read More
"We Don't Have to Take our Clothes Off" World's Worst iPod
Weren't the 1980s great? The song "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart made it up to #5 on the US charts in 1986, and was also a dance hit. The song also was featured on the best police show about cops who...
Read More
Randy Van Warmer--World's Worst iPod
What could make you feel warmer on a cold winter day than a guy who's named Randy Van Warmer? This sad little song, "Jus When I Needed You Most", made it to #4 on the singles chart in 1979, and despite its gloomy tone was a popular song...
Read More
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey was just 67 when he died Monday of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was one of the founding members of the Eagles and had a successful solo career in the 1980s. Here are a few more things...
Read More
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about R.E.M.
R.E.M., the Athens Georgia college rock band that hit it big, is our Friday feature this week--and I dug up a few fun facts about the band that you might enjoy. 1. Their debut album, Murmur, was named the best an album of 1983 by Rolling Stone...
Read More
Feeling Hot Hot Hot (World's Worst iPod)
We're in the midst of a cold snap here in Wisconsin, so some wise guy chose the 1987 Buster Poindexter song "Hot Hot Hot" to feature for the World's Worst iPod. Although a lot of people desperately wanted NOT to hear it, we played...
Read More
7 Great David Bowie quotes
The world was shocked Monday morning when we learned of the passing of David Bowie. According to his publicist, Bowie died Sunday after an 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie was a master of reinventing himself, and his music. And he also had a way...
Read More
Categories
Archives