Many British musicians are admired around the world. Some of them have been popular for decades. Their sheer ability to keep making music at a high level is somehow both astounding and unsurprising. Eric Clapton CBE must be one of the best.
Born in 1945, a blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer, he is described as one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. Unusually he has been inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds, a member of Cream and as a solo artist. He has survived addiction and tragedy.
Clapton wrote Tears of Heaven after his four-year-old son died.
In Wonderful Tonight Clapton's tender words recreate an evening millions of men and women have experienced - or wish they could - while his guitar wordlessly speaks of love.
How he arrived at today, happily married with three young daughters, is described in his autobiography.