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The development of language and literacy includes knowledge and skills in such areas as vocabulary, syntax, grammar, phonological awareness, writing, reading, comprehension, and discourse skills. The following sections address the development of language and literacy skills, including the relationship between the two; the role of the language-learning environment; socioeconomic disparities in early language environments; and language and literacy development in dual language learners.

Language skills build in a developmental progression over time as children increase their vocabulary, average sentence length, complexity and sophistication of sentence structure and grammar, and ability to express new ideas through words Kipping et al.

Catts and Kamhi define five features of language that both work independently and interact as children develop language skills: phonology speech sounds of languagesemantics meanings of words and phrasesmorphology meaningful parts of words and word tensessyntax rules for combining and ordering words in phrasesand pragmatics appropriate use of language in context.

The first three parameters combined phonology, semantics, and morphology enable listening and speaking vocabulary to develop, and they also contribute to the ability to read individual words. All five features of language contribute to the ability to understand sentences, whether heard or read O' Connor, Thus, while children's development of listening and speaking abilities are important in their own right, oral language development also contributes to reading skills. Developing oral communication skills are closely linked to the interactions and social bonds between adults and children.

As discussed earlier in this chapter, parents' and caregivers' talk with infants stimulates—and affects—language comprehension long before children utter their first words. This comprehension begins with pragmatics—the social aspects of language that include facial and body language as well as words, such that infants recognize positive and negative interactions.

Semantics understanding meanings of words and clusters of words that are related soon follows, in which toddlers link objects and their attributes to words. Between the ages of 2 and 4, most children show dramatic growth in language, particularly in understanding the meanings of words, their interrelationships, and grammatical forms Scarborough, Karmiloff and Karmiloff-Smith suggest that children build webs among words with similar semantics, which leads to broader generalizations among classes of related words.

When adults are responsive to children's questions and new experiences, children expand their knowledge of words and the relationships among them. Then, as new words arise from conversation, storytelling, and book reading, these words are linked to existing webs to further expand the store of words children understand through receptive language and use in their own conversation.

The more often adults use particular words in conversation with young children, the sooner children will use those words in their own speech Karmiloff and Karmiloff-Smith, Research has linked the size of vocabulary of 2-year-olds to their reading comprehension through fifth grade Lee, One of the best-documented methods for improving children's vocabularies is interactive storybook reading between children and their caregivers O' Connor, Conversations as stories are read improve children's vocabulary Hindman et al.

Book reading stimulates conversation outside the immediate context—for example, children ask questions about the illustrations that may or may not be central to the story. This introduces new words, which children attach to the features of the illustrations they point out and incorporate into book-centered conversations. This type of language, removed from the here and now, is decontextualized language. Children exposed to experiences not occurring in their immediate environment are more likely to understand and use decontextualized language Hindman et al.

Repeated routines also contribute to language development. As books are read repeatedly, children become familiar with the vocabulary of the story and their conversations can be elaborated. Routines help children with developmental delays acquire language and use it more intelligibly van Kleek, Conversation around a story's content And The Healing Has Begun - Van Morrison - The Essential Van Morrison (CD) emphasis on specific words in the text i.

The quality of adult readers' interactions with children appears to be especially important to children's vocabulary growth see also Coyne et al. In a study with preschool children, Zucker and colleagues found that teachers' intentional talk during reading had a longer-lasting effect on the children's language skills than the frequency of the teachers' reading to the children.

Moreover, the effect of the teachers' talk during reading was not moderated by the children's initial vocabulary or literacy abilities. The long-term effect of high-quality teacher—child book-centered interactions in preschool lasted through the end of first grade. New research shows that the effects of interactive reading also hold when adapted to the use of digital media as a platform for decontextualized language and other forms of language development.

A study of videobooks showed that when adults were trained to use dialogic questioning techniques with the videos, 3-year-olds learned new words and recalled the books' storylines Strouse et al. However, a few studies of e-books also have shown that the bells and whistles of the devices can get in the way of those back-and-forth conversations if the readers and the e-book designers are not intentional about using the e-books to develop content knowledge and language skills Parish-Morris et al.

See also the discussion of effective use of technology in instruction in Chapter 6. Alongside developing depth of vocabulary including the meaning of words and phrases and their appropriate use in contextother important parameters of language development are syntax rules for combining and ordering words in phrases, as in rules of grammar and morphology meaningful parts of words and word tenses.

Even before the age of 2, toddlers parse a speech stream into grammatical units Hawthorne and Gerken, Long before preschool, most children join words together into sentences and begin to use the rules of grammar i. Along with these morphemic changes to words, understanding syntax helps children order the words and phrases in their sentences to convey and to change meaning.

Before children learn to read, the rules of syntax help them derive meaning from what they hear and convey meaning through speech. Cunningham and Zibulskyp. Although syntactic understanding develops for most children through conversation with adults and older children, children also use these rules of syntax to extract meaning from printed words.

This becomes an important reading skill after first grade, when text meaning is less likely to be supported with pictures. Construction of sentences with passive voice and other complex, decontextualized word forms are more likely to be found in books and stories than in directive conversations with young children. An experimental study illustrates the role of exposure to syntactic structures in the development of language comprehension Vasilyeva et al.

Four-year-olds listened to stories in active or passive voice. After listening to ten stories, their understanding of passages containing these syntactic structures was assessed. Although students in both groups understood and could use active voice similar to routine conversationthose who listened to stories with passive voice scored higher on comprehension of this structure.

Children's understanding of morphology—the meaningful parts of words—begins in preschool for most children, as they recognize and use inflected endings to represent verb tense e. By second and third grade, children's use of morphemes predicts their reading comprehension Nagy et al. Literacy skills follow a developmental trajectory such that early skills and stages lead into more complex and integrated skills and stages Adams, For example, phonemic awareness is necessary for decoding printed words Ball and Blachman, ; Bradley and Bryant, ; O'Connor et al.

Thus, instruction that combines skill development for 4- to 6-year-old children in phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, and conceptual understanding and use of these skills is more effective than teaching the skills in isolation Byrne and Fielding-Barnsley, ; O'Connor and Jenkins, Seminal theories and studies of reading describe an inextricable link between language development and reading achievement e.

Early oral language competencies predict later literacy Pearson and Hiebert, Not only do young children with stronger oral language competencies acquire new language skills faster than students with poorly developed oral language competencies Dickinson and Porche,but they also learn key literacy skills faster, such as phonemic awareness and understanding of the alphabetic principle Cooper et al.

Both of these literacy skills in turn facilitate learning to read in kindergarten and first grade. Vocabulary development a complex and integrative feature of language that grows continuously and reading words a skill that most children master by third or fourth grade Ehri, are reciprocally related, and both reading words accurately and understanding what words mean contribute to reading comprehension Gough et al.

Because comprehending and learning from text depend largely upon a deep understanding of the language used to communicate the ideas and concepts expressed, oral language skills i. For example, children with larger speaking vocabularies in preschool may have an easier time with phoneme awareness and the alphabetic principle because they can draw on more words to explore the similarities among the sounds they hear in spoken words and the letters that form the words Metsala and Walley, Each word a child knows can influence how well she or he understands a sentence that uses that word, which in turn can influence the acquisition of knowledge and the ability to learn new words.

A stronger speaking and listening vocabulary provides a deeper and wider field of words students can attempt to match to printed words. Being bogged down by figuring out what a given word means slows the rate of information processing and limits what is learned from a sentence. Thus, differences in early vocabulary can have cascading, cumulative effects Fernald et al. The transition from speaking and listening to reading and writing is not a smooth one for many children.

Although a well-developed vocabulary can make that transition easier, many children also have difficulty learning the production and meanings of words. Longitudinal studies of reading disability have found that 70 percent of poor readers had a history of language difficulties Catts et al. The oral language and vocabulary children learn through interactions with parents, siblings, and caregivers and through high-quality interactions with educators provide the foundation for later literacy and for learning across all subject areas, as well as for their socioemotional well-being.

The language interactions children experience at home and in school influence their developing minds and their understanding of concepts and ideas. Today's science of reading development focuses more broadly than on teaching children to read the actual words on a page. As stressed throughout this report, young children's development entails a back-and-forth process of social interactions with knowledgeable others in their environment Bruner, ; NRC and IOM, ; Vygotsky, and research has focused on the language of these interactions, examining how children's linguistic experiences influence aspects of their development over time, including their literacy development.

The daily talk to which children are exposed and in which they participate is essential for developing their minds—a key ingredient for building their knowledge of the world and their understanding of concepts and ideas. In turn, this conceptual knowledge is a cornerstone of reading success. The bulk of the research on early linguistic experiences has investigated language input in the home environment, demonstrating the features of caregivers' usually the mother's speech that promote language development among young children.

The evidence accumulated emphasizes the importance of the quantity of communicative input i. Because children's language development is sensitive to these inputs, variability in children's language-based interactions in the home environment explains some of the variance in their language development.

A smaller but growing and compelling research base is focused on how children's literacy skills are influenced by language use in early care and education settings and schools—for example, linguistic features of these settings or elementary school teachers' speech and its relationship to children's reading outcomes Greenwood et al.

This research has particularly relevant implications for educational practices discussed further in Chapter 6. The language environment of the classroom can function as a support for developing the kind of language that is characteristic of the school curriculum—for example, giving children opportunities to develop the sophisticated vocabulary and complex syntax found in texts, beginning at a very early age Schleppegrell, ; Snow and Uccelli, Moreover, advances in cognitive science suggest that it is not enough to be immersed in environments that offer multiple opportunities for exposure to varied and rich language experiences.

Rather, the process also needs to be socially mediated through more knowledgeable persons who can impart their knowledge to the learner; again, social interaction is a critical component of cognitive development and learning.

Early childhood settings and elementary classrooms thus not only present opportunities for exposure to varied language- and literacy-rich activities whether written or spokenbut also provide a person who is expert in mediating the learning process—the educator. Research demonstrates that teachers' use of high-quality language is linked to individual differences in language and literacy skills; this work likewise shows the substantial variation in the quality of teacher talk in early childhood classrooms e.

For example, Huttenlocher and colleagues found greater syntactic skills in preschoolers exposed to teachers who used more syntactically complex utterances. Another study found for monolingual English-speaking children that fourth-grade reading comprehension levels were predicted by exposure to sophisticated vocabulary in preschool.

These effects were mediated by children's vocabulary and literacy skills in kindergarten Dickinson and Porche, In classroom studies focused on the linguistic environment, the level of analysis has involved broad measures of language use, such as amount of talk i. Children are better prepared to comprehend narrative texts they encounter in school if their early language environments provide more exposure to and opportunities to participate in extended discourse.

This is because extended discourse and narrative texts share similar patterns for communicating ideas Uccelli et al. Engaging groups of children in effective extended discourse involves asking and discussing open-ended questions and encouraging And The Healing Has Begun - Van Morrison - The Essential Van Morrison (CD) taking, as well as monitoring the group to involve nonparticipating children Girolametto and Weitzman, In addition to using interactive storybook and text reading as a platform for back-and-forth conversations often referred to as interactive or dialogic reading, as described in the preceding section Mol et al.

In an example of the influence of the quantity and quality of teachers' language input in linguistically diverse classrooms, Bowers and Vasilyeva found that the total number of words produced by teachers and the diversity of their speech which was entirely in English were related to vocabulary gains for children from both English-only households and households in which English was not the primary language, respectively.

Thus, they found that preschool dual language learners benefited only from increased quantities of language exposure and showed a negative relationship between vocabulary growth and teachers' syntactic complexity.

By contrast, the English-only children—who presumably had more developed English language proficiency skills—benefited from the diversity of teachers' vocabulary and syntactic complexity. Children benefit from hearing simplified speech during very early word learning Furrow et al. With more exposure to language and more advanced vocabulary development, they benefit from speech input that is more complex i.

Hoff suggests that if input is too complex, children filter it out without negative consequences—as long as sufficient beneficial input is available to them.

An important consideration in light of these findings is that recent research in early childhood classrooms serving children from low-income backgrounds suggests that daily high-quality language-building experiences may be rare for these children.

For example, in a Head Start organization serving large numbers of Latino children a recent observational study found a preschool environment lacking in the frequent and high-quality teacher—child language interactions that are needed to support language and literacy development Jacoby and Lesaux, Literacy instruction was highly routine based and with low-level language structures.

Extended discourse was infrequently used; only 22 percent of observed literacy-based lessons included at least one instance of extended discourse between a teacher and a child or group of children. Instead, teachers asked questions that yielded short answers or linked only to the here and now e. What is the weather today?

These features of infrequent extended discourse and predominantly routine-based literacy instruction were remarkably stable across teachers and And The Healing Has Begun - Van Morrison - The Essential Van Morrison (CD). Other research investigating teacher talk in Head Start preschool classrooms has produced similar findings e. This is consistent with findings that there are sizable cultural and socioeconomic differences in high-quality language-promoting experiences in the home and in the classroom environment in early childhood Dickinson, ; Dickinson and Porche, ; Dickinson and Tabors, ; Raikes et al.

At the same time, for children from low-resource backgrounds oral language skills show an even stronger connection to later academic outcomes than for children from high-resource backgrounds. Given these findings, rich linguistic experiences at early ages may therefore be especially important for these children. Even small improvements in the literacy environment can have especially strong effects for children who are raised in low-income households Dearing et al.

In sum, the language environment has important effects on children's learning, and children benefit from extensive opportunities to listen to and use complex spoken language National Early Literacy Panel, Teachers' use of high-quality language is linked to individual differences in language and literacy skills, and there is considerable variation in the quantity and quality of teachers' language use across classrooms. The quality of the classroom language environment is a lever for lasting improvements in children's language and literacy development, and it is important to tailor classroom talk to match the developmental stage of children's language acquisition.

Improving language environments for young children requires daily learning opportunities that focus on the diversity and complexity of language used with young children. Extended discourse can take place throughout all activities and in specific interactions, especially using book reading as a platform for back-and-forth conversations. Further research is needed to advance understanding of language-based classroom processes and how dynamic and ongoing interactions facilitate or impede children's literacy.

Such studies could advance existing research in at least two ways. In particular, it could further elucidate how language-based social processes in the classroom affect literacy development for the many students who enter schools and other care and education settings with limited proficiency in English.

The majority of published studies focused on language-based interactions are focused on English-only learners, despite the fact that social processes can be experienced differently by different groups, even within the same setting Rogoff and Angelillo, ; Tseng and Seidman, In addition, prior research has measured a two-way process in a largely unidirectional manner—measuring speech only from parent to child or educator to student.

It would be more valuable going forward if research were guided by the notion that the language-based interactions between students and educators mediate instruction, and were therefore to explore how communicative feedback loops, both adult—child and child—peer interactions, influence children's learning and development. Taking into account the student's contribution to the classroom language environment is particularly important in light of evidence that teachers modify their speech to conform to their students' limited language proficiency levels, potentially leading to a lower-quality language environment that impedes students' language growth Ellis, ; see Huttenlocher et al.

More specifically, Justice and colleagues suggest that future research examine teacher—child language interactions in a multidimensional way to explore how syntactic complexity, cognitive demand, and even linguistic form e. Finally, greater understanding is needed of the ways in which the classroom language processes described in this section might act as a foundational mediator of the efficacy of interventions focused on learning outcomes in other domains and subject areas.

Alongside student—educator interactions, studies show that peer-to-peer interactions in the classroom may also have positive impacts on children's vocabulary and expressive language abilities.

Children spend a significant amount of time interacting with other children in classroom settings, and a study examining the language growth and abilities of 4-year-olds in prekindergarten classrooms found that peers who have higher language abilities positively affect other children's language development. This study also found that children with advanced language skills will receive greater benefits from interacting with peers who also have advanced language skills Mashburn et al.

These findings are similar to another study showing that peer interactions in the classroom, along with the ability level of the peers, have positive effects on the child's cognitive, prereading, expressive language skills Henry and Rickman, In order to achieve these benefits, however, the preschool classrooms need to be designed so that peers can interact with one another, and include activities such as reading books and engaging in play together.

Children with teachers who organize the day with optimal amounts of time for peer-to-peer interactions may achieve greater language growth Mashburn et al. For children whose home language is not the predominant language of their school, educators and schools need to ensure the development of English proficiency.

Both parents and preschool teachers can be particularly useful in improving these children's depth of vocabulary Aukrust, ; Roberts, At the same time, children can be helped to both build and maintain their first language while adding language and literacy skills in English Espinosa, In support of this as a long-term goal are the potential advantages of being bilingual, including maintaining a cultural and linguistic heritage and conferring an advantage in the ability to communicate with a broader population in future social, educational, and work environments.

Additionally, an emerging field of research, albeit with mixed results to date, explores potential advantages of being bilingual that are linked more directly to cognitive development, starting in early childhood and extending to preserving cognitive function and delaying the symptoms of dementia in the elderly Bialystok, ; de Bruin et al.

Bilingual or multilingual children are faced with more communicative challenges than their monolingual peers. A child And The Healing Has Begun - Van Morrison - The Essential Van Morrison (CD) frequently experiences failure to be understood or to understand may be driven to pay more attention to context, paralinguistic cues, and gestures in order to interpret an utterance, and thus become better at reading such cues.

The result may be improved development of theory of mind and understanding of pragmatics Yow and Markman, ab. In addition, the need to continually suppress one language for another affords ongoing practice in inhibitory or executive control, which could confer advantages on a range of inhibitory control tasks in children and helps preserve this fundamental ability in aging adults Bialystok, ; Bialystok and Craik, ; Bialystok et al.

One challenge in the education of dual language learners is that they sometimes are classified along with children with special needs. One reason for this is the lack of good assessment tools to help distinguish the nature of the difficulties experienced by dual language learners—whether due to a learning disability or to the fact that learning a second language is difficult, takes time, and develops differently in different children Hamayan et al.

Children's early knowledge of mathematics is surprisingly important, and it strongly predicts later success in mathematics Denton and West, ; Koponen et al.

Mathematics knowledge in preschool predicts mathematics achievement even into high school National Mathematics Advisory Panel, ; NRC, ; Stevenson and Newman, Mathematics ability and language ability also are interrelated as mutually reinforcing skills Duncan et al.

Indeed, mathematical thinking reaches beyond competence with numbers and shapes to form a foundation for general cognition and learning Clements and Sarama, ; Sarama et al.

Mathematics therefore appears to be a core subject and a core component of thinking and learning Duncan and Magnuson, ; Duncan et al. Given its general importance to academic success Sadler and Tai,children need a robust foundation in mathematics knowledge in their earliest years. Multiple analyses suggest that mathematics learning should begin early, especially for children at risk for And The Healing Has Begun - Van Morrison - The Essential Van Morrison (CD) difficulties in school Byrnes and Wasik, ; Clements and Sarama, I know it took me a while to track this boot down, and all I can say is: if you can find it, buy it.

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Search for:. Follow Tweets by AgeingRaver. He invited Trucks to join his band for his — world tour. Bramhall remained, giving Clapton three elite guitarists in his band, allowing him to revisit many Derek and the Dominos songs that he hadn't played in decades. Trucks remained on set afterward and performed with Clapton's band throughout his performances.

In Clapton learned more about his father, a Canadian soldier who left the UK after the war. Although Clapton's grandparents eventually told him the truth about his parentage, he only knew that his father's name was Edward Fryer.

This was a source of disquiet for Clapton, as witnessed by his song " My Father's Eyes ". A Montreal journalist named Michael Woloschuk researched Canadian Armed Forces service records and tracked down members of Fryer's family, and finally pieced together the story. Fryer was a musician piano and saxophone and a lifelong drifter who was married several times, had several children, and apparently never knew that he was the father of Eric Clapton.

On 26 Februaryit was reported that North Korean officials had invited Clapton to play a concert in the communist state. The two former Blind Faith bandmates met again for a series of 14 concerts throughout the United States in June In Marchthe Allman Brothers Band amongst many notable guests celebrated their 40th year, dedicating their string of concerts to the late Duane Allman on their annual run at the Beacon Theatre.

Eric Clapton was one of the performers, with drummer Butch Trucks remarking that the performance was not the typical Allman Brothers experience, given the number and musical styles of the guests who were invited to perform. Clapton was scheduled to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 's 25th anniversary concert in Madison Square Garden on 30 Octoberbut cancelled due to gallstone surgery. On 24 JuneClapton was in concert with Pino Daniele in Cava de' Tirreni stadium before performing a series of concerts in South America from 6 to 16 October He spent November and December touring Japan with Steve Winwoodplaying 13 shows in various cities throughout the country.

On 29 NovemberClapton joined The Rolling Stones at London's O2 Arena during the band's second of five arena dates celebrating their 50th anniversary. The album includes the original 14 tracks, remastered, as well as 6 additional tracks, including 2 versions of " My Father's Eyes ".

The DVD includes a restored version of the concert, as well as over 60 minutes of unseen footage from the rehearsal. On 13 and 14 NovemberClapton headlined the final two evenings of the " Baloise Session ", an annual indoor music festival in BaselSwitzerland.

Cale who died on 26 July Although he did return to perform one final song, thousands of fans were upset by the lack of explanation from Clapton or the venue and booed after the concert ended around 40 minutes before advertised to finish. Both Clapton and the venue apologised the next day, blaming 'technical difficulties' for making sound conditions 'unbearable' for Clapton on stage.

Clapton has performed more times at Madison Square Garden than any other US venue, a total of 45 times. On 30 September the live-album Live in San Diego was released. Eric Clapton was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the Universal fire. In his autobiography, Clapton refers to Muddy Waters as "the father figure I never really had". Until his death inWaters was a part of Clapton's life. King on their album Riding with the King.

The music video for the title track shows Clapton as the chauffeurwith one of his idols in the back seat. Clapton has said that blues musician Robert Johnson is his single most important influence.

In Clapton released Sessions for Robert Johnsoncontaining covers of Johnson's songs using electric and acoustic guitars. Robert Johnson to me is the most important blues musician who ever lived.

He was true, absolutely, to his own vision, and as deep as I have gotten into the music over the last 30 years, I have never found anything more deeply soulful than Robert Johnson.

His music remains the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice, really Clapton also singled out Buddy Holly as an influence. It was thick and fat and very melodic. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.

InThe Guardian attributed the creation of the cult of the guitar hero to Clapton, ranking it number seven on their list of the 50 key events in rock music history. Nothing is more central to rock mythology than the cult of the lead guitarist. And no one did more to create that cult than Eric Clapton. He had already been a member of the Yardbirds before joining John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the clearing house for guitarists, in April His two stints with Mayall saw his reputation grow to the extent that a famous graffito captured the popular appraisal of him among rock fans: "Clapton is God".

Elias Leight of Rolling Stone writes that Clapton "influenced recording techniques as well as guitar-playing technique". It seemed to me that if you wanted to get the atmosphere we were getting in the clubs, you needed it to sound like you were in the audience 10 feet away, not three inches". Clapton then moved the microphones, with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters stating, "That changed everything. Before Eric, guitar playing in England had been Hank Marvin of the Shadows, very simple, not much technique.

Suddenly we heard something completely different. The records sounded unlike anything we had heard before. InClapton was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork — the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover — to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most admires to mark his 80th birthday.

Robert Christgauin a dissenting appraisal of Clapton's legacy, writes:. A promiscuous sideman whose monklike aura has never diminished his extravagant appetites, Clapton likes to get paid, and he's amassed a discography that for an artist of his caliber is remarkably undistinguished. In his self-protective self-deprecation he often attributes this to his own laziness or his need for a catalyst, but it's also guitar hero's disease: like many other guys whose hand-ear coordination is off the curve, he's a casual tunesmith and a corny lyricist, and his band concepts are chronically hit-or-miss.

Like Hank Marvinthe Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, Clapton exerted a crucial and widespread influence in popularising particular models of electric guitar. He became exclusively a Gibson player for a period beginning in mid, when he purchased a used sunburst Gibson Les Paul guitar from a guitar store in London.

Clapton commented on the slim profile of the neck, which would indicate it was a model. He continued to play Les Pauls exclusively with Cream one bought from Andy Summers was almost identical to the stolen guitar [] untilwhen he acquired his most famous guitar in this period, a Gibson SGdubbed " the Fool ". Clapton used it at the last Cream show in November as well as with Blind Faith, played it sparingly for slide pieces in the s, used it on "Hard Times" from Journeymanthe Hyde Park live concert ofand the From the Cradle sessions and tour of — The was only the second electric guitar Clapton bought.

Lucy was stolen from Harrison, though later tracked down and returned to him — he lent it to Clapton for his comeback concert at the Rainbow.

Rundgren restored the guitar and nicknamed it "Sunny", after "Sunshine of Your Love". In late Clapton made the switch to the Fender Stratocaster.

First there was Buddy Hollyand Buddy Guy. Hank Marvin was the first well known person over here in England who was using one, but that wasn't really my kind of music. Steve Winwood had so much credibility, and when he started playing one, I thought, oh, if he can do it, I can do it".

Clapton assembled the best components of the remaining three to create "Blackie", which was his favourite stage guitar until its retirement in It was first played live 13 January at the Rainbow Concert. One was presented to Clapton upon the model's release and was used for three numbers during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 May Pete Townshend also donated his own Gibson Les Paul guitar, with a note attached: "Mine's as good as his!

Love, Pete". Signature guitars in Clapton's honour are made by Fender and C. In Fender introduction his signature Eric Clapton Stratocaster. The first, of these, introduced inwas a limited edition EC Eric Clapton signature model with a production run of Clapton appeared in the movie version of Tommythe first full-length rock operawritten by the Who.

In addition to being in the band, he had a small speaking role. Clapton has appeared in an advertisement for the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. In March Clapton appeared in an advertisement [] for RealNetwork's Rhapsody online music service. He was called upon to test the Cee'd's auxiliary input, which he tested by plugging in one of his guitars and playing several bars of his most famous hits. He was introduced by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson as a "local guitarist".

I think this got made because Eric was in the right mood. He's an incredibly private man and despite his immense success, he's never cared if he got any publicity at all, he just loves his music I think it might be something to do with his age, as he turned 70 a couple of years ago.

He said to me, "I didn't want it to be done after I was dead and for it to be wrong. Clapton briefly dated funk singer Betty Davis. In a interview with The Sunday TimesClapton admitted to raping and abusing her while they were married and he was a "full-blown" alcoholic. Although both were married to other partners at the time, they had a daughter in January She was named Ruth Kelly Clapton, but her existence was kept from the public until the media realised she was his child in Clapton and Boyd tried unsuccessfully to have children, even trying in vitro fertilisation inbut were faced instead with miscarriages.

Del Santo gave birth to their son, Conor, on 21 August Conor died on 20 March at the age of four after falling out of an open bedroom window on the 53rd floor of a Manhattan apartment building. InClapton, then 53, met year-old administrative assistant Melia McEnery in Columbus, Ohioat a party given for him after a performance.

He quietly dated her for a year, and went public with the relationship in On 5 AugustClapton provoked an uproar and lingering controversy when he spoke out against increasing immigration during a concert in Birmingham. Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight? If so, please put up your hands. So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I think you should all just leave. Not just leave the hall, leave our country. I don't want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to me, man!

I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch's our man. I think Enoch's right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back.

The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans don't belong here, we don't want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don't want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome.

England is for white people, man. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white! In an interview from October with Sounds magazine, Clapton said that he did not "know much about politics" and said of his immigration speech that "I just don't know what came over me that night. It must have been something that happened in the day but it came out in this garbled thing.

It would make no sense. In a interview with 'Raised on Radio', Clapton addressed his past addictions and said: "20 years of drinking where I did really offensive things, I was a nasty person. Clapton supports the Countryside Alliancewhich promotes field sports and issues relating to the British countryside.

He has played in concerts to raise funds for the organisation and publicly opposed the Labour Party 's ban on fox hunting with the Hunting Act.

A spokesperson for Clapton said, "Eric supports the Countryside Alliance. He does not hunt himself, but does enjoy rural pursuits such as fishing and shooting. He supports the Alliance's pursuit to scrap the ban on the basis that he disagrees with the state's interference with people's private pursuits.

The construction "stand and deliver" means to "to give what is demanded" and was originally used by highwaymen robbing passengers. Clapton announced that "There are many of us who support Van and his efforts to save live music. He is an inspiration. We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. In AugustClapton released the single "This Has Gotta Stop" and an accompanying music video described as a protest song against COVID lockdowns, vaccinations and contains what critics described as lyrical and visual statements against what Clapton sees as the erosion of civil liberties as the result of lockdown policies.

The track also addresses environmental concerns, human obsession with technology and media consumption. Since the s, Clapton has considered himself a "car enthusiast" and has often stated his passion for the Ferrari brand. InClapton was appointed a director of Clouds Housea UK treatment centre for drug and alcohol dependence, and served on their board until Inhe established the Crossroads Centre in Antigua to help others overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol and is active in its management oversight and fundraising to the present day.

Items included his guitar from the Cream reunion tour inspeaker cabinets used in the early s from his days with Derek and the Dominos, and some guitars from Jeff Beck, J. Cale, and Joe Bonamassa. All proceeds again went to Crossroads.

He made his first appearance at the show held in London's Theatre Royal, Drury Laneand he subsequently became an activist.

He has performed at the charity's rock concert numerous times since the s, most recently in Clapton is a fan of English football club West Bromwich Albion. It has been reported that the club rejected his offer to invest cash in the club around this time.

In the late s Clapton positioned a West Brom scarf on the back cover of his album, Backless. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time, this time as a solo artist. He was earlier inducted as a member of the bands Cream and the Yardbirds. An asteroid, Claptonis named after him. Clapton's music has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows as far back as 's Mean Streetswhich included the Derek and the Dominos song "I Looked Away" and a performance of " Steppin' Out " by Cream.

Both Opel and Vauxhall used the guitar riff from " Layla " in their advertising campaigns throughout — In addition to his music appearing in media, Clapton has contributed to several movies by writing or co-writing the musical scores or contributing original songs.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Clapton performing at the Royal Albert Hall in May Ripley, SurreyEngland. Musician singer songwriter record producer. Pattie Boyd. Melia McEnery. Rock blues. Duck Reprise Surfdog. Cale B. Musical artist. Main article: Cream band. Main article: Derek and the Dominos. Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Eric Clapton.

Main articles: Eric Clapton albums discography and Eric Clapton singles discography. The couple were formally divorced in Rolling Stone.

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