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Australia's Clapton Still Passionate Performer

Australia's Clapton Still Passionate Performer

Who: Richard Clapton
Where: Western Suburbs Leagues Club
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Saturday July 28, 2001

NATURALLY, expectations would be high when you name yourself after legendary rock stars like Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. Aussie rocker Richard Clapton has lived up to all expectations and throughout his 20-year career he has become one of Australia's most accomplished rock musicians.

Clapton's career began with solo performances throughout London and Berlin before he returned to Australia in 1972.

The return Down Under was worth it and the release of his debut album Prussian Blue received moderate attention in 1973.

Chart success came with the release of Girls on the Avenue in 1975 which peaked at number two.

But it wasn't until his third album that Clapton truly shook the music scene.

Clapton's career exploded with the release of Goodbye Tiger which established him as one of Australia's key songwriters in the 1970s.

Clapton's contribution to the Australian music scene was recognised in 1999 when he was inducted in to the Australian Music Industry Association Hall of Fame.

Now, after 13 albums and two decades of success touring, Clapton will perform a set of his timeless classics at West Leagues Club on July 28.

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