R&P: Happy Birthday Eric Clapton! What's your favorite song from this living legend?

Happy 66th birthday to old slow-hand himself!

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guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.

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Eric Clapton - While my guitar gently weeps

Clapton ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time!

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Eric Clapton - Badge

What's your favorite song from this living legend?

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  • 9 years ago
    Best Answer

    Thanks for the great question on the 66th birthday of the greatest rock and blues legend of all time! To the naysayers, I say, just keep listening to Lady Gaga and Kanye. Let's see if 30-40 years from now they are still selling out arenas! I had the honor of seeing Clapton perform on March 3 and he still smokes! He sold out a 15,000 seat arena. He mesmerized the crowd, age 15-70, for 2 hours center stage, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt with his guitar, vocals, and a minimalist back-up band. I'd like to see Lady Gaga hold an audience captive in jeans, t-shirt and a mic. She is all glitter and show...no soul, no substance. Clapton neither needs nor wants smoke and light shows. He is the real deal.

    Favorite songs:

    1. Badge

    In no particular order:

    Crossroads

    Let It Rain

    Tulsa Time

    Hello Old Friend

    Got You On My Mind

    Tearing Us Apart

    Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad

    Tell The Truth

    Blues Power

    Before You Accuse Me

    After Midnight

    Further On Up The Road

    Sweet Home Chicago

    for starters...

  • 9 years ago

    I truly hope our friendship will survive my answer.

    I have always thought Clapton to be vastly overrated. He was the third best Guitarist by a mile that the Yardbirds ever had, Jack Bruce carried him with Cream, and "Layla" is up there with one of the most hyped tracks ever. As for the 60s banners "Clapton is God", it was the equivalent of the youth today only listening to Justin Bieber and not fully comprehending what else was/is around.

    OK, the "Me and Mr Johnson" Album was decent enough, and as for the Rolling Stone rating where were Carlos Santana or indeed Frank Zappa? I will give him one decent track- "Motherless Child"

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    I seriously do not regard him as a "legend". Sorry (possibly ex) Mate

  • Rg4
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Happy B-day old slow hand..you have mine already;;"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"...ALSO HAVE HIM AS ONEOF TOP TEN GUITARISTS OF ALL-TIME..hmm The Yardbirds..Clapton, Beck, Page..LOL on this one introduced as 'Timmy' Page..."Shapes Of Things" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTO7WVxjz3A

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  • 9 years ago

    Hey now Punch. Happy Bday Eric. Saw him live back in his Slowhand days. Just awesome.

    Crossroads

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-twOjwBORwg

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    Forever Man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gDvR1sZ6I4

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    Bell Bottom Blues

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EruMBDQWbEU

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    Hello Old Friend

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRpj3r_MrMw

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    Let It Grow

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXXThSZjNvQ

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    Let It Rain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLf6rhKTRjU

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    among so many others...

  • Zapata
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    To be honest I dont really like most of his solo stuff. Much of it is just undercooked, lazy blues covers that are nothing like as exciting as the originals, whilst "Wonderful Tonight" is a trite throwaway that wouldn't sound much different if Barry Manilow did it .

    "Layla" is a classic but I've heard it WAY too often.

    He was at his best in Cream in my opinion, maybe because they didn't last for long, and "White Room" is my favorite song of his.

    But for all the high regard he is held in as a guitarist, I am just a fan and not a musician - and most of the time he just doesn't cut it for me.

  • Ace
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
  • Happy Day Mr. Clapton!

    I'm pretty much with AtS on this one, I too think he was overrated, but here's my two favorite songs:

    "After Midnight" (1988 version)

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    "The Core"

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  • 9 years ago

    Wonderful Tonight.

  • 9 years ago

    This was difficult to choose just one...so I'll pick:

    Lay down Sally

    Promises

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ1Yx_iyurs

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    Layla

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