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Celebrate Three Eras of Rock Hall of Famer Eric Clapton

By: Maura O'Malley

March 30, 2017

With just about one week to go before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, who better to celebrate than three-time inductee, Eric Clapton?

In 1992, Clapton was inducted as a member of the Yardbirds. The following year, he was inducted with Cream, and to top it off, he was inducted as a solo artist on March 6, 2000.

With 18 Grammys and a number 2 ranking on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Slowhand has proved himself as a straight-up legend.

Below, celebrate the virtuosic guitarist in each of the three eras that landed Clapton in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Yardbirds “Louise”

Clapton was just a kid in ’64. For someone so young to play guitar that well is astounding.

Cream “Sunshine of Your Love”

I mean, he’s introduced by the narrator as “the finest instrumentalist of his kind in the world.” Enough said.

Eric Clapton “Cocaine”

That solo is deserving of more than a few slow claps.