Guitar Legend Eric Clapton turns 72 today

Eric Clapton with the Yardbirds

Guitar Legend Eric Clapton, who is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle turns 72 today as we take a trip down memory lane at his best hits.

The Tears in Heaven hitmaker is one of the best guitarists in the world and has played and written some brilliant records from his early days in the Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and beyond.

Here are some of my favourite tracks from the guitar legend Eric Clapton:

Sunshine of your love 

 

Sunshine of your love was written by Eric when he was the guitarist with cream and lyricist Pete Brown.

The track uses a minor blues pentatonic scale with an added flattened fifth note.The song follows a blues chord progression during the first eight bars. At the time Brown was said to have had a difficult time writing lyrics that fit the riff.

Tears in Heaven

Many people recognise “Tears in Heaven” as the soundtrack to the 1991 film Rush, which was about drug addiction. However, it was the death of his son 4-year-old Connor which both Eric and his pal Will Jennings to pen this track. This has to be one of the most moving songs ever written. The song was written about the pain and loss Clapton felt following the death of his 4-year-old son, Conor.

Wikipedia states that the song was written about the pain and loss Clapton felt following the death of Conor.

In an interview with Sue Lawley in 1992, Clapton said of the song, “There is a song that I’ve written for a movie, but in fact it was in the back of my head, but it didn’t really have a reason for being until I was scoring this movie which I did a little while ago and then it sort of had a reason to be.

He continued:  “And it is a little ambiguous because it could be taken to be about Conor, but it also is meant to be part of the film.”Conor fell from a window of a 53rd-floor New York apartment building owned by his mother’s friend on March 20, 1991.

 

 

Wonderful tonight

If you have ever read Eric Clapton’s autobiography, you will be aware of how Eric Clapton fell in love with former Beatle George Harrison’s ex-wife, Patti Boyd who he eventually married. This song was written in 1976 when Eric was waiting for his then girlfriend future wife) Pattie to get ready for a night out.

 

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