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This Day in Music History: Eric Clapton is a Three-Time Hall of Famer

written by: on March 6, 2012

On this day in musical history Eric Clapton became the first and only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On March 6, 2000 Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. The ceremony was held in New York City at the Waldorf Astroria Hotel. He was first inducted in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds. Other famous members of The Yardbirds included Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, although they did not play at the same time as Clapton.

The second Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction came a year later in 1993 for Cream alongside Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. His time with the Yardbirds lasted eighteen months while his time with Cream only lasted a few months longer.

Eric Clapton’s prolific solo career has spanned over forty years. The singer, song writer and musician began playing the guitar at fifteen and joined his first group in 1963. Clapton has been involved in a plethora of musical collaborations, opened a rehabilitation clinic and has written a best-selling autobiography.