Facts of Eric Clapton Networth
|Full Name||Eric Clapton|
|Birth Name||Eric Patrick Clapton|
|Father Name||Edward Walter Fryer|
|Mother Name||Patricia Molly Clapton|
|No Of Children||5|
|Date of Birth||March 30,1945|
What Is The Net Worth Of Eric Clapton?
Eric Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a net worth of $300 million. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitarist of all time.
He is ranked number 2 in Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarist of all time list and is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thrice.
Net Worth Details: Career
Eric started his professional career in 1962 and since then has gone on to play with many music groups along with having a massively successful solo career, lending to his massive net worth of $300 million.
After playing gigs in pubs around Surrey, Clapton joined 'The Roosters' when he was 17. He played with this band until August, 1963. A couple of months later, he joined 'the Yardbirds', a blues-rock band. The band infused American blues into their music, with Clapton as their main "sound".
He soon developed a cult following and became one of the most talked-about guitarist in the early British blues-rock scene. Whenever Clapton broke a guitar string, he would change it onstage and the audience would wait the delay by clapping called "slow-hand clapping". This led to him earning the name "Slowhand".
The Yardbirds soon started receiving massive following all throughout England with the release of "For Your Love". Following their hit, the group started moving towards a more pop-oriented sound, a move that led Clapton to leave the band. He suggested Jimmy Page as his replacement who in turn suggested Jeff Beck out of loyalty for Clapton.
Accomplishments With Cream: Songs And Albums
Clapton then joined Cream around 1966, a newly formed blues band where he started to develop as a singer and songwriter. Clapton by that time was slowly being held as England's top guitarist but was later rivaled by Jimi Hendrix, a guitarist from US's psychedelic movement.
After seeing Hendrix perform, Clapton was immediately and massively influenced, and followed his style in the coming years.
Eric Clapton backstage with Cream
Cream first performed in the US in 1967, and garnered massive fame in 28 months. They sold millions of records but their fame was short-lived. Drug and Alcohol abuse among the three started creating tension and caused them to disband in October of 1968, just before the release of their final album Goodbye.
Clapton's next band Blind Faith formed in 1969. The band played sold out shows all across Europe and America but the band disbanded after 7 months.
Layla and Addiction
Clapton joined Derek and the Dominos to escape from his 'guitar-god status'. With the band, he recorded the song Layla, which he dedicated to George Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd.
In the early 70s, following the break-up of his band, he started using Heroin and stopped recording and touring. He was deeply in love with Pattie Boyd, who at the time was the wife of his close friend George Harrison. He lived in isolation in Surrey, but many long efforts and concerts later, he was able to kick out his addiction.
His solo career brought him massive success, both among fans of rock and pop. His notable songs during his solo career include Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight and Tears in Heaven.
Eric Clapton live
He started living with Pattie Boyd from 1974, 5 years before their marriage. Midst the success of his solo career, he also started to develop a drinking problem and had to be rushed to the hospital in more than one occasion. He stated in his autobiography:
In the lowest moments of my life, the only reason I didn't commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn't be able to drink any more if I was dead. It was the only thing I thought was worth living for, and the idea that people were about to try and remove me from alcohol was so terrible that I drank and drank and drank, and they had to practically carry me into the clinic.
- For Your Love
- Fresh Cream
- Disraeli Gears
- Wheels of Fire
- Eric Clapton
- 461 Ocean Boulevard
- There's One in Every Crowd
- No Reason to Cry
- Another Ticket
- Money and Cigarettes
- Behind the Sun
- From the Candle
- Me and Mr. Johnson
- Sessions for Robert J
- Back Home
- Old Sock
- The Breeze
- I Still Do
- Happy Xmas
He has also earned a massive amount from his tours. The tour prices for rock concerts in the 1960s and 1970s cost measly $5.
He has also released 2 studio albums: Riding with the King, with BB King in 2000 and The Road to Esconidido with J.J. Cale in 2006.
Besides, he has played with artists such as John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, and many others. His music is available on all modern streaming services including Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube.
Eric Clapton's Gear: Sexy Guitars and Massive Amps And Their Market Price At Present
Clapton's main choice of guitar is the Fender Stratocaster. Two of his strats; "blackie" and "brownie" are synonymous to his live performance and sound.
Clapton with his number one: Blackie
In his previous years, he mostly used Gibsons. His most famous ones included a psychedelic Gibson SG which he named "the fool" and a cherry-red Gibson Les Paul "Lucy" gifted to him by George Harrison.
He used these guitars to describe his "woman tone". He said, "I am playing more smoothly now. I’m developing what I call my 'woman tone.' It's a sweet sound, something like the solo on 'I Feel Free'."
The acoustic Martin 000-D28 that he used in the unplugged album was sold in an auction for $791,500.
His main choice of amp is a Marshall JTM 45 but has also used Fender amps throughout his later career.
|Gibson Les Paul||$2500|
He uses Ernie Ball super slinkys 9-42 set.
Clapton's Car Collection is Worth Millions
Eric is a car enthusiast and collector. He is a fan of Ferraris calling them "the best car". These are some of his finest possessions:
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso-$2 million
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti-$313,088
Ferrari Enzo-$3 million
1991 Ferrari F40-$700,000
Clapton's custom made Ferrari
Ferrari SPC-12 (custom made for Clapton)
Clapton performed at the 1983 ARMS charity concert and at Live Aid in 1985 with Phil Collins. Freddie Mercury along with Queen also performed there.
Auctions of Clapton's guitars held in 1999 and 2004 raised over $12 million for his Crossroads Centre, his own charitable foundation. He auctioned off over 150 items at a New York auction in 2011 with proceeds going to his Crossroads Centre.
The Personal Life Of Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945, to 16-year-old mother Patricia Molly Clapton and Edward Walter Fryer. He knew about his true fatherhood much later in his life. He grew up believing that his maternal grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his sister.
Years later his mother married another Canadian and moved to Germany, leaving young Eric to his grandparents. Clapton received an acoustic Hoyer guitar for his 13th birthday but found it difficult to play and lost interest. Two years later, he picked it up again and started to practice consistently.
Eric married Pattie Boyd in 1979, but their marriage was affected by domestic abuse. Clapton admitted he was abusive to Pattie when he was a alcoholic. He also had an inter-marital relationship with Yvonne Kelly and had a daughter in 1985, who they kept a secret until 1991.
He had his divorce with Pattie in 1988, following Clapton's affair with Italian model Lory Del Santo with whom he had a son, Conor. Conor died at the age of four after falling out of an open bedroom window from the 53rd floor of a Manhattan apartment.
Eric Clapton with his wife
In 1998 Clapton met 22-year-old administrative assistant Melia McEnery in Colombus, Ohio. The two got married on January 1, 2002, at Clapton's birthplace. The two have three daughters; Julie Rose, Ella May and Sophie Bell.
Age & Height
Eric Clapton is 74 years old and has a height of 177 cm or 5 feet 10 inches.