March 30, is the day when the legendary guitarist Eric Clapton is born. Yesterday he celebrated his 74th birthday.
Namely, Eric Patrick Clapton was born on 30 March 1945 in his grandparents’ home in England. He was the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton and Edward Walter Fryer, a 24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in England during WW2.
The truth about Eric is that he grew up believing his mother was his sister. His grandparents never legally adopted him, but remained his legal guardians until 1963. Eric was raised in a musical household. His grandmother played piano and his uncle and mother both enjoyed listening to the sounds of the big bands. Pat later told Eric’s official biographer, Ray Coleman, that his father was a gifted musician, playing piano in several dance bands.
However, Clapton have an interesting biography and it is really good to know something more about him. If you are really fan of him, you can read his biography book or just watch his documentary film Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.
One more important artist/guitarist is born on 30 March and that is Tracy Chapman. She is born in 1964 and yesterday she celebrated her 55th birthday. Tracy is known by her hits songs “Fast Car”, “Give Me One Reason”, along with other singles as “Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads” and many more. She is a multi-platinum and four time Grammy Award winning artist.
Chapman has one of the best voices of her generation and is no slouch on the six-string either. Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists to ever live and doesn’t have such a bad voice himself. When you combine the two, they make a dynamic duo that will leave you wondering why they didn’t collaborate more often.
You shouldn’t need a reason to listen to “Give Me One Reason,” but if you’re looking for an excuse, today is your day. Enjoy!