I'm afraid I'm a day late on this but it's still worth mentioning. Clapton is a rock icon.

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1968 was the first I was aware of Eric Clapton. A friend of mine had just purchased Cream's album "Disraeli Gears", featuring a young Eric Clapton along with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

Through the years Eric was part of several bands, Cream, Yardbirds, Powerhouse, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos.

I had the opportunity to to see Clapton on a couple of different occasions. The best, 5th row center in the Tampa Sundome.  Man, what a concert. Eric always took the very best of the best musicians on tour with him.

Happy Birthday, Eric!

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