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Name: Eric Patrick Clapton                                                       
Born: 30 March 1945  Ripley, Surrey, England                                     
Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy 
Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. He is one 
of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries, garnering an   
unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The         
Yardbirds, Cream, and solo). Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of   
the greatest guitarists of all time, Clapton was ranked fourth in Rolling       
Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and #53 on   
their list of the The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.               
Although Clapton's musical style has varied throughout his career, it has always 
remained rooted in the blues. Clapton is credited as an innovator in several     
phases of his career, which have included blues-rock (with John Mayall & the     
Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds) and psychedelic rock (with Cream). Clapton has 
also achieved great chart success in genres ranging from Delta blues (Me and Mr. 
Johnson) to pop ("Change the World") and reggae (Bob Marley's "I Shot the       
Sheriff"). Clapton also achieved fame with Derek and the Dominos through the hit 
song "Layla".