Eric Clapton: Master of the blues

In the early 1970's the albums "Live Cream" and "John Mayasll's Bluesbreakers" Eric Claption had the guitar moaning, crying and singing like an angel.

Eric Clapton during the 'Clapton is God' period (late 1960's to early 1970's). Painting by Peter Inglis - www.peteringlisart.com
Eric Clapton during the 'Clapton is God' period (late 1960's to early 1970's).
Painting by Peter Inglis - www.peteringlisart.com

The "CLAPTON IS GOD" graffiti appeared on subway walls in London and in Sydney as well, or at least on our school bags! The main source of pop culture info then were the UK publications "Melody Maker" and "New Musical Express", and Eric Clapton inspired many a lad to pick up the guitar and get into the blues!

Basing his style on American bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, Freddie King and B.B. King, Clapton married their vocal phrasing and articulation with the musical distortion that was available in amplifiers made by the likes of Jim Marshall. The guitar world was never the same again!