Eric Clapton and Adoption

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Clapton performing at Hyde Park in 2008



British musician and composer

Clapton was born to an unmarried girl of 16 and a Canadian soldier, and raised by her parents. His mother left home, returning in 1957, but for some years the fiction was maintained that they were brother and sister. He got his first guitar when he was 14 and went on to become one of the world's greatest rock musicians, in the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith. He is also the composer of the rock opera Tommy.

In 1998 Clapton learned his birth father's name and discovered his Canadian and American half-brothers and -sisters, but his father had died in 1985.


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