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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 8, 1993
Even though the music industry has been rock-dominated for some 35 years now, the Grammy awards have always seemed to reflect the taste and thinking of rock-hating old fogeys. So a few years ago, the bigwigs at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) began adding categories, courting younger voters, and generally trying to make the Grammys a whole lot hipper than they used to be.And there was, indeed, a perceptible change in the ranks when this year's Grammy nominees were announced yesterday in Los Angeles.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
There's a good chance your blues career is on the right track if, at 27, you can count Eric Clapton as a fan. Gary Clark Jr., the prodigious guitar player from Austin, Texas, even counts the six-string legend as a friend. Last June, Clapton picked Clark as the lone newcomer on his Crossroads Guitar Festival bill. His blazing performance in Chicago was the talk of the show and left many of the 20,000 in attendance wondering, "Who is this guy?" Listen to reviewers and they'll say Clark, who plays a sold-out show at the 8x10 on Friday, is the man capable of bringing blues back to the mainstream, thanks to his virtuosic ability and a genuine aura of cool that never appears manufactured.
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By New York Times News Service | October 11, 2007
It is one of the most mythic romantic entanglements in rock 'n' roll. At some point in the late 1960s, Eric Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd, wife of his close friend George Harrison. Clapton's 1970 masterpiece, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (recorded with his band at the time, Derek and the Dominos), was an offering and a plea to her; they eventually married in 1979 and divorced in 1988. The saga sits at the center of Clapton: The Autobiography, published this week by Broadway Books.
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By New York Times News Service | October 11, 2007
It is one of the most mythic romantic entanglements in rock 'n' roll. At some point in the late 1960s, Eric Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd, wife of his close friend George Harrison. Clapton's 1970 masterpiece, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (recorded with his band at the time, Derek and the Dominos), was an offering and a plea to her; they eventually married in 1979 and divorced in 1988. The saga sits at the center of Clapton: The Autobiography, published this week by Broadway Books.
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By Randy Lewis and Randy Lewis,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 21, 2004
Paying tribute to the man he considers his biggest influence, Eric Clapton is devoting an entire album to the music of blues legend Robert Johnson. But one question concerning Me & Mr. Johnson, arriving Tuesday, is which Johnson Clapton is saluting: the mythical figure who, according to folklore, in rural Mississippi in the 1930s traded his soul for astonishing musical skills, or the real-world musician who was just trying to make a living. Both are in evidence in the 14 songs Clapton interprets.
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By Steve Morse and Steve Morse,BOSTON GLOBE | March 13, 2001
Eric Clapton's days of radical innovation may be over, but he has compensated with a stylishness that keeps him on top. Ever since he swept the Grammys in 1993 for his 7 million-selling "Unplugged" album - which contained his heartbreaking tribute to his deceased son, "Tears in Heaven" - Clapton has brought a new elegance to the adult-contemporary format and to his beloved blues. Although sensitivity isn't always fashionable in these days of Eminem and Fred Durst, Clapton has become the consummate English gentleman.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | November 2, 2006
Slide guitarist Derek Trucks is something of a child prodigy -- even at age 27. In addition to the Derek Trucks Band, which plays Rams Head Live tomorrow night, Trucks is a member of the Allman Brothers Band and recently finished touring with Eric Clapton. Most of Trucks' musical peers are at least a generation older than he. Some of them are more than twice his age. It's been that way since he started touring regularly at age 10 or 11. But looking back, Trucks said, he doesn't regret spending his teenage years on the road.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1999
Think of "VH1 Collectors" as "Antiques Roadshow" with a rock and roll beat.Saturdays at noon beginning this week, VH1 will offer the chance to have your rock collectibles appraised, show off your collection to the envious masses and listen as celebrities describe what they collect. You may even be able to pick up a few items yourself.Already, the roving band of VH1 appraisers has visited Cleveland, Miami, Las Vegas and Austin, Tex., and they've turned up such items as an outfit worn on stage by the O'Jays (the thing practically screams '70s)
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January 8, 1993
Here is a list of nominees for some categories for the 35th annual Grammy Awards announced yesterday.1. Record of the Year: "Tears In Heaven," Eric Clapton; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "Constant Craving," k.d. lang; "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams; "Beauty and the Beast," Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.2. Album of the Year: "Unplugged," Eric Clapton; "Ingenue," k.d. lang; "Diva," Annie Lennox; "Achtung Baby," U2; "Beauty and the Beast," various artists.3. Song of the Year: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "Beauty and the Beast," Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson; "Constant Craving," k.d. lang; "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams.
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By LaKaiia Williams | October 5, 2006
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton and the Robert Cray Band will be at the Verizon Center on Tuesday. The Grammy-award winning rock star recently released his first studio album in almost five years, collaborating with J.J. Cale. The show is 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center, 601 F St N.W., Washington. Tickets are $45-$125 and can be purchased at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | November 2, 2006
Slide guitarist Derek Trucks is something of a child prodigy -- even at age 27. In addition to the Derek Trucks Band, which plays Rams Head Live tomorrow night, Trucks is a member of the Allman Brothers Band and recently finished touring with Eric Clapton. Most of Trucks' musical peers are at least a generation older than he. Some of them are more than twice his age. It's been that way since he started touring regularly at age 10 or 11. But looking back, Trucks said, he doesn't regret spending his teenage years on the road.
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By LaKaiia Williams | October 5, 2006
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton and the Robert Cray Band will be at the Verizon Center on Tuesday. The Grammy-award winning rock star recently released his first studio album in almost five years, collaborating with J.J. Cale. The show is 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center, 601 F St N.W., Washington. Tickets are $45-$125 and can be purchased at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
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By NATHAN M. PITTS | September 21, 2006
JUST ANNOUNCED Lionel Richie -- DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on Nov. 3. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. Eric Clapton -- Verizon Center in Washington on Oct. 10. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. Several Species -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Nov. 10-11. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. Lowen and Navarro -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Oct. 26-27. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com. Steve Winwood -- Warner Theatre in Washington on Oct. 9. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.
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By Randy Lewis and Randy Lewis,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 21, 2004
Paying tribute to the man he considers his biggest influence, Eric Clapton is devoting an entire album to the music of blues legend Robert Johnson. But one question concerning Me & Mr. Johnson, arriving Tuesday, is which Johnson Clapton is saluting: the mythical figure who, according to folklore, in rural Mississippi in the 1930s traded his soul for astonishing musical skills, or the real-world musician who was just trying to make a living. Both are in evidence in the 14 songs Clapton interprets.
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By Jim Abbott and Jim Abbott,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 2003
When Norah Jones tours the country this summer, she'll still be basking in the glow of being the "Next Big Thing." That's what happens when a relatively unknown 23-year-old rises from obscurity to claim five Grammy Awards in a sweep of major categories. The big question is what her status might be in five years. Or, as Robin Williams joked on last week's show, holding a gramophone trophy to his ear: "Oh, my God! Listen! It's the sound of careers ending." Jones' understated Come Away With Me was honored as best album and best pop vocal album.
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By Steve Morse and Steve Morse,BOSTON GLOBE | March 13, 2001
Eric Clapton's days of radical innovation may be over, but he has compensated with a stylishness that keeps him on top. Ever since he swept the Grammys in 1993 for his 7 million-selling "Unplugged" album - which contained his heartbreaking tribute to his deceased son, "Tears in Heaven" - Clapton has brought a new elegance to the adult-contemporary format and to his beloved blues. Although sensitivity isn't always fashionable in these days of Eminem and Fred Durst, Clapton has become the consummate English gentleman.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | June 10, 1993
It used to be that writing an unauthorized biography was fairl easy work, requiring little more than a box of press clippings and access to a few ex-toadies eager to dish the dirt on their former employer. Just add hype and stir: instant bio.Today's scandal-mongers need something more, though. They need an angle -- something juicy enough to get mentioned by the gossip columnists, and nasty enough to titillate even the most jaded fan.Finding that angle can be a real challenge when the subject of your sleaze-ography is someone as notorious as Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
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