LIST COMPILED BY HIS WORLDWIDE FAN BASE! Eric Clapton, the most admired British Blues and Rock guitarist of his generation, turns 70 on 30 March. Born in 1945 in the tiny country village of Ripley, Surrey, he became a professional musician in 1963 and never looked back. His 50 plus year career has given the world an unbelievable body of great music, memorable riffs, and some of the best live performances ever seen. Yet, for all of his success, he is humble and asserts he’s only the messenger.