A searing rocker and consummate bluesman, Eric Clapton is a bona fide guitar god. Before going solo, he played with an impressive roster of bands, including The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Derek and the Dominoes and Blind Faith.
While his best-known tune might be the blistering Layla, there are plenty of others to choose from. Crossroads, Keys to the Highway and After Midnight all showcase Clapton’s almost-supernatural ability with the guitar and his worn, ragged vocals only add to the feeling of a troubadour who’s served his time.
However, there’s more to Slowhand than blues-based rock. 92’s Unplugged saw him strip back some of his best-known tracks and his acoustic version of the heart-breaking Tears in Heaven earned him six Grammys.
While the 70s saw him dogged by personal demons, Clapton recovered to cement his position as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.