Originally Posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN
To use a closer comparison, I would say that Robin Trower, who is a British blues/rock guitarist of Clapton's generation, can play Clapton under the table but hasn't received anything close to the same recognition or acclaim.
Clapton is a paradigm example of the inverse relationship between celebrity and talent that so often exists in the music business. It's not that he sucks - it's just that there are so many more accomplished players who don't get nearly as much recognition.
Nope. More people relate more deeply to what he has to say musically. The man plays with soul. I'm sure there are all sorts of finger wizards who can fly all over the fretboard faster, and with more agility than Clapton. Unfortunately, they've got nothing to say. Robin Trower (the Hendrix clone) being a prime example. Trower could probably play Hendrix under the table, but so what? He'll never produce the same soul. People "feel" Clapton. That's what makes him great.