Eric Clapton is an innovative guitarist, basically the first to combine blues and rock, which in turn popularized blues. Because of his skill and ever-evolving style, his music is a lasting contribution in itself.
Eric Clapton made his recording debut with The Yardbirds, the British group that also featured guitar virtuosos Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Together, they created a whole new blues/rock sound that many of the famous '60s and '70s bands copied. Clapton left The Yardbirds when he felt the band strayed too far from their blues roots towards pop music.
E.C. then joined British keyboardist, harmonica player, singer/songwriter John Mayall and his band, The Bluesbreakers to work on an album. Clapton, with the fresh, up and coming band, made a pure blues album that many blues fans consider to be his best.
After the one-album stint with The Bluesbreakers, Clapton formed a new group called Cream with bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker.
The trio made four highly successful albums together in the next few years. Their more rock like interpretations of old blues songs made blues more popular to the mainstream, much more so than with The Yardbirds. Cream had several top 40 hits, including 'Sunshine of Your Love', 'White Room', and 'Crossroads'.
Towards the end of the '60s Cream split up. Eric Clapton joined the band Blind Faith in '69 and did fairly well with it, but the group broke up quickly after the release of their only album. It was then that Clapton launched his solo career. For A few years in the early '70s Clapton played with backup band 'Delaney and Bonnie and Friends', and made a few pretty successful albums, but nothing in comparison to the popularity he had with Cream.
This was the start of a...