Story behind Clapton’s nickname

Clapton’s nickname of “Slowhand” came from Giorgio Gomelsky, a pun on the slow handclapping that ensued when Clapton stopped playing while he replaced a string.

Why is Clapton called Clapton?

During the pause while I was changing my string, the frenzied audience would often break into a slow handclap, inspiring Giorgio to dream up the nickname of ‘Slowhand’ Clapton.

Why was Clapton nicknamed Slowhand?

According to Yardbirds rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, whenever Clapton broke a guitar string during a concert, he would remain on stage and replace it. While English audiences waited, they would begin a slow handclap, which is called “to be given the slowhand.”

What guitarist is known as Slowhand?


Here are some things to know about Clapton, who won 18 Grammy Awards during his career: That nickname: Giorgio Gomelsky, who managed the Yardbirds, tagged Clapton with the nickname “Slowhand” in early 1964.

Why is Clapton in a wheelchair?

Clapton was recently diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a condition that occurs when nerves carrying messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.

Did George Harrison like Eric Clapton?

Even after all the drama and heart break, George Harrison and Eric Clapton remained friends, and continued to play music together. Collaborations: Harrison and Clapton had a close friendship, they did many collaborations together during their lives.

Who does Eric Clapton say is the best guitarist?

The story goes that sometime during the 1980s, Eric Clapton was asked how it felt to be the best guitar player in the world, and responded, “I don’t know; ask Prince.” The story is almost certainly untrue (what the hell sort of interviewer would ask someone that question in the first place?), but the vaguely awestruck

Was Eric Clapton deaf?

In a recent interview on BBC Radio 2’s “Steve Wright in the Afternoon,” the award-winning guitarist spoke about how both his hearing loss and tinnitus — a hearing disorder that can cause high-pitched ringing in the ears — are affecting his career.

Who is arguably the best guitarist of all time?

Listen to our Rock Classics playlist, here, and check out our 20 best guitarists, below.

  • 8: Mark Knopfler.
  • 7: Eddie Van Halen.
  • 6: Brian May.
  • 5: Chuck Berry.
  • 4: Eric Clapton.
  • 3: David Gilmour.
  • 2: Jimi Hendrix.
  • 1: Jimmy Page.

Did Eric Clapton like The Beatles?

The slickness of the group on-stage took Clapton aback, and he admitted that ever before seeing them live, he “was very, very suspicious about what they were up to.” However, Clapton had to admit he was the one in the wrong and reevaluated his opinion.