Right from Rolling Stones to Gibson or be it even the Times Magazine, Eric Clapton has always been considered to be one of the most influential personalities in Rock music.

Be it the 18 Grammy Awards he received or Eric Clapton being the only musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thrice, the former Yardbirds and Cream Guitarist has always let his music do the talking.

The Englishman has always been held in high regards when it comes to striking the right chords and can proudly claim to be modern day Rock music’s biggest influence. His legacy goes beyond d the Brit Award he received for Outstanding Contribution to Music or being awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music back in 2004. On his 71st Birthday, we give you 5 Clapton songs that surely shall take you back in time 🙂

Layla

The masters, Clayton and Gordon, gave the world one of Rock Music’s greatest memory, Layla. Derek and the Dominos’ Layla date back to November 1970 but still manages to give most of our goosebumps. Layla was inspired the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi’s adaptation of ‘The Story of Layla and Majnu’ given to Clapton by Ian Dallas.

Tears in Heaven:

If we were in any position to declare the greatest songs of All Time, I would close my eyes and name ‘Tears In Heaven.’ The Rush film soundtrack takes us through a journey that Clapton himself went by when he lost his 4-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a window of a 53rd-floor New York apartment building owned by his mother’s friend on March 20, 1991.

Cocaine:

JJ Cale is arguably one of the finest acts when we talk about some Country Blues and Eric Clapton sure does take pride in that. JJ Cale’s Cocaine and Cale himself reach a new height when Clapton put off his version of Cocaine.

My Father’s Eyes:

My Father’s Eye got Clapton his ‘The Best Male Pop Vocal Performance’ at the Grammies. 1998 single was rocking the Billboard Airplay Chart and the Hot Adult Contemporary charts for weeks. Clapton performed this track for the first time in 1992 and again in 1996, in both electric and unplugged versions before releasing an entirely different version in 1998.
Clapton later retired the track along with ‘Tears in Heaven’ in 2013.

Sunshine Of Your love:

The song was influenced by Jimmi Hendrix, blending psychedelic sounds with Hard Rock beats. Cream bassist picks up a distinctive bass Riff from the legendary Jimi Hendrix while Clapton and Pete Brown, later on, added their sounds to the track. Sunshine Of Your Love, 1967, still goes down to be Creams Best-Known and most famous songs.

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