Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton, who turns 76 today (March 30th)!!! Since his mid-'60s stint in the Yardbirds, through John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, and his solo career, Clapton — who was affectionately dubbed “Slowhand” by his fans — has come to personify the best in blues-rock guitar. Clapton holds the unique distinction for being the only artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times — for his time in the Yardbirds, Cream, and for the work on his own.
Back in December, Clapton courted controversy by teaming up with Van Morrison for a new single, titled, “Stand And Deliver.” The track, written by Morrison and sung by Clapton, is Morrison's latest “lockdown” single recorded as part of his “Save Live Music” campaign. Proceeds from the recording went to “Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund,” which helps musicians facing difficulties as a result of the coronavirus and resulting lockdown measures.”
The musicians' stance rubbed some of the public the wrong way, many of whom are happy to listen to the scientists regarding the ongoing pandemic and willing to wait out seeing live music until the coronavirus is no longer a lethal threat.”