by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of one of the greatest blues guitarist ever to pick a note, the remarkable Eric Clapton.
Eric Clapton (30 March 1945) is an extraordinary English guitarist. He’s the only musician ever inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame THREE times; once for his solo work, once for being a founding Yardbird, and of course, one of the three musical giants who made up Cream. He’s certainly one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time, serving as a model for generations of blues players, extended jam guitar slingers, and through the demons he’s overcome, an example of how not to let the heights of fame and success destroy you.
This year, since I don’t have time, I won’t post his amazing work with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, or anything from his time with the Yardbirds or Cream, since that would take a day to prepare. Great blues, great psychedelic electric guitar pyrotechnics, and next year I’ll do a lot more related to his amazing blues work. For now ....
We begin with the original video of Eric Clapton and the legendary BB King doing the John Hiatt masterpiece “Ridin’ With The King”
We’ll continue with Eric playing with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, and Hubert Sumlin in a very live smokin’ version of the Robert Johnson blues classic “Sweet Home Chicago”
Here’s Eric live doing the Bob Marley classic! Reggae down!! “I Shot the Sheriff”
Live from Montserrat, here’s Eric on rhythm guitar with the great Mark Knopfler on lead, Sting on bass, and Phil Collins on drums doing Mark’s infinitely danceable “Money for Nothing”
From 1988, Eric and Mark Knopfler live performing three of Eric’s huge hits!
Now, from the Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute DVD, here’s a live performance by Eric, Jimmie Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Dr.John, Art Neville and Double Trouble of “Six Strings Down”
These two clips feature some guitar work that is nothing short of amazing! Here’s a great live video performance from 2009 in NYC by Eric Clapton with the Allman Brothers doing the Derek and the Dominos hit, “Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad”
I also found a live, audio only performance by Derek and the Dominos of “Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad”
Also from the NYC gig with the Allmans, here’s Eric doing “Key To The Highway”
We’ll close today with a fantastic performance by Eric Clapton and Dire Straits playing at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Celebration at Wembley in 1988! Time to shake it to the great Mark Knopfler dance number “Walk of Life”
Thanks for the years of ab-fab guitar work, Eric! From one Aries to another, keep blazin’ your pioneering Dharma trail and bringing happy feet to our world!
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson