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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We love celebrating our favorite musicians’ birthdays! Today, March 30th, is Eric Clapton’s birthday. He’s been part of the rock and roll industry for years… and we think he deserves a treat. (We’d love to send him a box of retro candy if we knew where he lived!)

Eric Clapton Trivia:
• Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a solo artist, as a member of The Yardbirds, and as a member of Cream.
• His version of “I Shot the Sheriff” helped him gain popularity in the reggae market.
• He founded the Crossroads Centre of Antigua, a facility for recovering substance abusers.
• Clapton’s biggest influence is Robert Johnson. In 2004 he released a CD and DVD on which he covered Johnson’s music.
• He ranks fourth in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
• Who’s been influenced by Clapton? Too many musicians to count! But among them are: Richie Sambora, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen, Brad Paisley, John Mayer, and Joe Bonamassa.
• “Tears in Heaven” won three Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Male Pop Vocal Performance. He also won Grammies for Album of the Year and Best Rock Vocal Performance for his Unplugged album, and Best Rock song for “Layla.”

Happy 66th birthday, Slowhand! (Seriously, we’d send you a birthday box of retro candy if we knew where to ship it!)


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