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March 30, 2021

20 Amazing Photographs of Eric Clapton on the Stage in the 1970s and 1980s

Eric Clapton is already in the music business for almost 50 years and is considered one of the best guitarists of all time. However, he almost had a shorter career due to his addiction during the 1970s.

“I don’t know how I survived, the seventies especially,” he told Classic Rock Magazine in an interview in 2017. “There was one point there where they were flying me to hospital in St Paul [Minnesota] and I was dying, apparently. I had three ulcers and one of them was bleeding. I was drinking three bottles of brandy and taking handfuls of codeine and I was close to checking out. And I don’t even remember. It’s amazing that I’m still here, really.”

Clapton finally kicked his drug habit and reemerged onto the music scene in 1973 with two concerts at London’s Rainbow Theater organized by his friend Pete Townshend of The Who. Later that year he released 461 Ocean Boulevard, featuring one his most popular singles, a cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff”. The album marked the beginning of a remarkably prolific solo career during which Clapton produced notable album after notable album. Highlights include No Reason to Cry (1976), featuring “Hello Old Friend”; Slowhand (1977), featuring “Cocaine” and “Wonderful Tonight”; and Behind the Sun (1985), featuring “She’s Waiting” and “Forever Man”.

In 1985, Clapton found a new audience following his performance at the worldwide charity concert, Live Aid. Annual stands at the Royal Albert Hall and successful albums like August, Journeyman and the Crossroads box set kept him well in the public mind. In the late 1980s, he carved out a second career as the composer of film scores. His career went from strength to strength and reached new heights in 1992 with the release of Unplugged and the Grammy winning single, “Tears In Heaven.”


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