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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Singer Jon Hendricks was born this day in 1921 in Newark, Ohio. Praise from Charlie Parker for his musical abilities kept him from pursuing law school in the 1940s.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late country singer Roy Acuff, who was born in 1903; singer/pianist Bobby Short in 1926 (age 76); and Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman in 1942 (age 60).
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Joey Heatherton, who was born in 1944 (age 58); Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew in 1946 (age 56); Sha Na Na's John "Bowser" Baumann in 1947 (age 55); Lynyrd Skynyrd's Steve Gaines in 1949; Paul Kosoff of Free in 1950; Barry Cowsill o
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 14-20.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Bill Monroe, the "father of bluegrass," who was born in 1911, the late Mel Torme in 1925, James Johnson of the 1950s R&B group the Jayhawks in 1939 (age 63), the late Tim Hardin in 1940; Blood Sweat and Tears lead singer
By United Press International

It's only rock 'n' roll

John Sinclair and the Blues Scholars are in the midst of a unique U.S. tour -- via Amtrak.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Otis Redding, who was born in 1941; Luther Simmons of Main Ingredient in 1942 (age 60); Iron Butterfly's Doug Ingle and R&B singer/pianist Billy Preston, both in 1946 (age 56); Freddy Weller, formerly with Paul Revere an
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones launched their 40th anniversary tour at Boston's Fleet Center with the self-assured cockiness of a band that knows how good it still is, playing a set of hits including "Satisfaction," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Street Fighting Man," "Brown
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 7-13.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

R. Kelly was cleared to leave Illinois to perform in Miami over the weekend. The singer was ordered to surrender his passport and avoid illegal contact with minors.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Rex Allen Jr., who was born in 1947 (age 55); the late Keith Moon of The Who was also born in 1948; actor/singer Rick Springfield in 1949 (age 53); and Pebbles, whose real name is Perri McKissack, in 1964 (age 38).
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The Today in Music weekly package for Aug. 17-23.
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The "Terrapin Station" reunion of surviving Grateful Dead members took place in Wisconsin under heavy police scrutiny to allay the fears of local officials that Deadheads would overrun the place.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Bruce Springsteen's Columbia Records compact disc "The Rising" will make its entrance on Billboard's Top 200 album chart at the No. 1 spot next week, with 524,976 sales in its first week, according to SoundScan.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" (Columbia) debuted at No. 1 on the British album chart and is expected to follow suit in the United States when strong opening-week numbers are counted.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Eric Clapton
British singer/guitarist Eric Clapton performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 20, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.

In the mid 1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. In his one-year stay with Mayall, Clapton gained the nickname "Slowhand", and graffiti in London declared "Clapton is God." Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed, with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, the power trio Cream, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop." For most of the 1970s, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of J.J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped gain reggae a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded by Derek and the Dominos, and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by Cream. A recipient of seventeen Grammy Awards, in 2004 Clapton was awarded a CBE for services to music. In 1998 Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929) and Edward Walter Fryer (21 March 1920 – 15 May 1985), a 24-year-old soldier from Montreal, Quebec. Fryer shipped off to war prior to Clapton's birth and then returned to Canada. Clapton grew up with his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, who was stepfather to Patricia Clapton and her brother Adrian, believing they were his parents and that his mother was actually his older sister. The similarity in surnames gave rise to the erroneous belief that Clapton's real surname is Clapp (Reginald Cecil Clapton was the name of Rose's first husband, Eric Clapton's maternal grandfather). Years later, his mother married another Canadian soldier and moved to Germany, leaving young Eric with his grandparents in Surrey.

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