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Eric Clapton, Chris Martin set for Sandy relief concert in N.Y.

Eric Clapton, Chris Martin set for Sandy relief concert in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Eric Clapton and Chris Martin have joined the lineup of artists performing at a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser in New York next week, organizers said.

Clapton sells Richter oil for record sum

LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- An anonymous buyer submitted a record bid in London Friday night for a Gerhard Richter abstract painting owned by rock star Eric Clapton, auctioneers announced.
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Popular sideman Bob Birch dead at 56

Popular sideman Bob Birch dead at 56

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. bass guitarist Robert Wayne Birch has died in Los Angeles of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Amplifier innovator Marshall dead at 88

Amplifier innovator Marshall dead at 88

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Jim Marshall, who created rock 'n' roll amplifiers used by Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Motley Crue, has died in a British hospice, his family said.

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Jay-Z brings rap to Carnegie Hall

Jay-Z brings rap to Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Hip-hop star Jay-Z headlined a 2-hour show at New York's historic classical music venue Carnegie Hall this week.
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Paul McCartney to release new CD

Paul McCartney to release new CD

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- British recording star Paul McCartney says he plans to release an as-yet-untitled album in February on Hear Music/Concord Records.
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Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin dead at 80

Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin dead at 80

WAYNE, N.J., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Famed blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin has died of heart failure in Wayne, N.J., his agent said. He was 80.

Rock photographer Barry Feinstein has died

WOODSTOCK, N.Y., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Rock music photographer Barry Feinstein, who shot iconic album covers for musicians such as Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, has died in Kingston, N.Y.

Clapton classics auctioned for charity

NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- Auctioneers said the collection of Eric Clapton guitars sold for the benefit of the Antigua rehab center he co-founded included some high-priced classics.
'Whiskey' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

'Whiskey' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Kenny Chesney's CD "Hemingway's Whiskey" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
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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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