March 6, 2000: Eric Clapton’s 3rd Rock Hall Induction

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Clapton head shot“I want to send respect out to a man who survived one of the deepest tragedies a father could imagine. I want to send respect out to the man who found the courage to stand up to the demons of addiction. I want to send respect out to a man with a voice that can sing you to tears. I want to send respect out to the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times.”

With those words, Robbie Robertson introduced Eric Clapton as the guitarist, singer and songwriter became a member of the Rock Hall under his own name and the only artist with a trifecta.

(Other members of the Class of 2000 included James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Lovin’ Spoonful, and Earth, Wind & Fire as performers. Scotty Moore, Earl Blaine and Earl Palmer were among those inducted in the Sidemen category.)

Clapton had already been inducted as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992. The following year he was again ushered into the Hall for his work with Cream.

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Besides Clapton, here is the list of 23 artists who share the distinction of being inducted twice (all for solo careers as well as the act listed, except where noted): Clyde McPhatter (Drifters), John Lennon (Beatles), Paul McCartney (Beatles), George Harrison (Beatles), Ringo Starr (Beatles), Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel), David Crosby (Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash), Curtis Mayfield (Impressions), Jimmy Page (Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin), Jeff Beck (Yardbirds), Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield), Michael Jackson (The Jackson 5), Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash and Buffalo Springfield), Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash and Hollies), John Carter (Flamingos and Dells), Sammy Strain (O’Jays and Little Anthony & the Imperials), Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones and Small Faces/Faces), Rod Stewart (Small Faces/Faces), Peter Gabriel (Genesis), Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), Stevie Nicks ’19 (Fleetwood Mac).

Clapton could conceivably be be inducted four more times based on his membership in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends for a grand total of seven. Described by Robertson as “gracious, supportive and complimentary,” he deserves all the honors he receives.

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  1. Mike Lenowsky
    #1 Mike Lenowsky 7 March, 2017, 09:44

    I understand the rock hall is a great honor for so many incredible musicians but the one problem I have with the whole thing is that for every great band/musician there’s at least 3 times as many greats that should be in yet were chosen over for bands like Pearl Jam and Joan Jett (if I remember correctly), Bon Jovi etc.. Delaney and Bonnie’s influence is still felt today. .especially in bands like Tedeschi Trucks band. The Meters aren’t in and that’s a travesty cause they might not have sold nearly as many album’s as most but they influenced so much music and bands out there today..The Chill peppers for instance as well as all the great Nola funk bands as well as many awesome jambands out there nowadays. There’s plenty of other great bands not in either but I’ll leave this brief and keep on wishing The Meters would get their well deserved due!!

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  2. Mike Lenowsky
    #2 Mike Lenowsky 7 March, 2017, 10:01

    Also, Jeff Beck should absolutely be in 3 times cause while The Yardbirds and Jeff Beck is in as a solo is it possible that the original Jeff Beck group with Rod Stewart isn’t in? They were hugely influential!

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