Artist Countdown Special: Eric Clapton Top 50 Hits 6pm ET

Eric ClaptonThis RadioMax Artist Countdown features Eric Clapton with the Yardbirds, Cream, Plastic Ono Band and his solo career.

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He 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 second 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”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce 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 JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”, recorded while he was a member of band Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded by band Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace 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.

1 Tears in Heaven
2 Change the World (with Babyface) 
3 Wonderful Tonight
4 Layla (live, unplugged) 
5 I Shot the Sheriff 
6 Promises
7 White Room (Cream)
8 After Midnight
9 Lay Down Sally 
10 My Father’s Eyes
11 For Your Love (Yardbirds)
12 Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
13 Badge (Cream)
14 It’s Probably Me (with Sting)
15 I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart
16 Runaway Train (with Elton John)
17 Layla (Derek & The Dominioes)
18 I Wish It Would Rain Down (with Phil Collins)
19 Love Can Build a Bridge (with Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry)
20 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
21 Forever Man
22 Pretending
23 Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven theme) (Cream)
24 Willie and the Hand Jive
25 The Core (with Marcy Levy)
26 Hello Old Friend
27 I Can’t Stand It
28 Tulsa Time
29 Strange Brew (Cream)
30 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
31 Cold Turkey (Plastic Ono Band)
32 I Feel Free (Cream)
33 Motherless Child
34 Bad Love
35 Tearing Us Apart (with Tina Turner)
36 Let It Rain
37 It’s in the Way That You Use It
38 Run So Far
39 Circus
40 Behind the Mask
41 Carnival
42 Watch Out For Lucy
43 No Alibis
44 The Shape You’re In
45 Blues Power 
46 Another Ticket
47 See What Love Can Do
48 Holy Mother
49 Let it Grow
50 Believe in Life

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