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Eric Clapton was a legend and one of rock’s greatest guitarists before he ever started making solo records: his albums with the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith influenced generations of guitarists (as did his work with Derek & the Dominoes – but their album came after Clapton’s debut album).

But now, on Clapton’s birthday, we’re celebrating his solo catalog (as well as a few collaborative efforts with a few other legends. From Eric Clapton to Happy Xmas, here are our favorite E.C. solo jams.