Not only has he won a staggering 18 Grammy awards, he writes his own music and plays his own instruments.
Such an incredible musician and entertainer, Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on three separate occasions, once as a member of Cream, another time as a member of The Yardbirds, and last as a solo artist in his own right.
In fact, Clapton is the only musician to have this distinction as a three time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Clapton is otherwise known for a bevy of hits, including Layla and Tears in Heaven. The latter, Tears in Heaven, was inspired by the death of Clapton's four year old son Connor. Connor fell to his death from the 53rd floor apartment of a friend of his mother.
Clearly tormented and distraught over Connor's tragic death, Clapton wrote Tears In Heaven to help him process the death of Connor. The song turned out to be the biggest hit of Clapton's career and garnered him numerous awards, including a Grammy award for song of the year.
Ironically, Clapton got sober just five years before Connor's death.
Prior to the time that Clapton decided to get sober in 1987, he was addict and alcoholic, addicted to heroin and alcohol, crashed cars, attempted suicide more than once, survived growing up in a broken home and dealt with a litany of health problems.
As mentioned above, he attempted suicide many times….."the only thing that stopped me was the realization that if I were dead I would not be able to drink anymore."
Fast forward to 2013, Clapton is nearly 26 years clean and sober despite suffering the death of his child six years into sobriety. Clapton, speaking publicly, on several occasions has credited his sobriety with not only aiding him in surviving tragedy but aiding in his self-awareness.
Since getting clean and sober, not only has he penned the biggest song of his career, he has written a book and released several successful CDs.
Congratulations on 25 years of sobriety Clapton. We can't wait to see what you will produce during the next 25 years.
To all the newly sober people out there, not that it has to be this way but let Clapton be an example of what you can face, overcome and remain clean and sober through.
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