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 1965. 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".
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