Clapton cites Muddy Waters, Freddie King, B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Hubert Sumlin as guitar playing influences. Clapton stated blues musician Robert Johnson to be his single most important influence.
It's strange to think that The Beatles were once a boy band. Their 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show catapulted them to fame. By early 1965, when this photograph was taken, The Beatles were an international phenomenon.