How tall is Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton's Height

5ft 9.5in (176.5 cm)

English guitarist, singer and songwriter best known for songs such as "Layla", "Wonderful Tonight" and "Tears in Heaven". An early publicity sheet mentioned his height as being 5ft 10.

How tall is Eric Clapton
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Average Guess (10 Votes)
5ft 9.97in (177.7cm)
Christian said on 2/Oct/17
This a good video with commentator Martin Brundel who's 5.7.5 (171,5 cm) and Eric Clapton. It proves that EC is about 175-176 cm.
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Markymark said on 28/Sep/17
Check out the YouTube video of Clapton and McCartney...I think the title is 'Clapton thinks McCartney is an idiot'
Anyway...clearly Eric is looking up at (5ft10?) Paul.
macfan said on 14/Sep/17
Rob, how do you still have Eric Clapton at 5'9 when he was no less Lennon, McCartney, and maybe a very, very small smidgen over Harrison? Do you still believe that after "Your Mother Should Know" that there is a difference, even if minuscule, between Lennon and McCartney even with the same footwear. I go by what I can see and there is no difference, but George seemed a hair less than the other three.
Editor Rob: 5ft 9.5 peak is probably more likely.
berta said on 22/Aug/17
hm i must disagree with this one. he cant have been only 175 cm peak maybe now but peak i would say 177-78 range. This can be a full inch off
Christian said on 26/Jul/17
If Clapton is 5'9'' then John Lennon and Paul McCartney are also in that range. I don't think that Paul was 3 cm taller than Eric Clapton. Click Here
Paleman said on 21/Jun/17
This listing is too low, Rob, at least for his peak height. Looking at pictures from his younger days with the likes of Knopfler and the Beatles, he couldn't have stood at only 5'9". I personally thought he always looked 5'11"-ish, but I suppose 5'10" could be on the money. I have a hard time believing he stood anywhere lower than that.
Markymark said on 17/Jun/17
Always thought he was at least 5'11. I think he was probably a strong 5'10 in his prime. He looks 5'9 right now...no more no less. If you look at pictures of him with other musicians he's usually the shorter one.
Genius though...love his music.
Ally N said on 20/Apr/17
Eric same height as the 3 front line Beatles and Mick Jagger.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Feb/17
5ft10 peak, Rob?
Dingus said on 22/Feb/17
Looks about 5'09.75" - 5'10.125".
HonestSlovene said on 30/Dec/16
5'9"-5'10" sounds right for him, looks average.
Stephen said on 4/Dec/16
Rather than relying on questionable anecdotes of meeting Clapton, someone with the right computer app could extrapolate his height starting with the known given that a Stratocaster is 38.5" long. A bit of photo manipulation and you'll have the answer.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Dec/16
@ Sweets - Hi! What a way to spend your 21st! 6ft1 is very tall and has prompted me to dig my 'Tommy' DVD out and take a better look!
Eric Clapton's one of the most influential rock/blues musicians ever! From the Yardbirds and Cream to his own band and solo stuff, he's done so much fantastic music.
You are so lucky to have seen him! I never have, though I've always wanted to!
Sweets said on 1/Dec/16
I had amazing 21st birthday @ Eric Clapton concert, The Fillmore in San Francisco. I am 5'-8". In 1980, EC was 6'1" easy. Great view standing next to him as well as looking up to stage.
Sandy Cowell said on 24/Nov/16
I thought he looked a bit taller as a guitar-playing preacher in the rock opera 'Tommy'- I'd have assumed an inch taller!
Walt said on 21/Jun/16
Great listing, man. He was a legit 5'9.5 man. Him with Pattie Boyd (5'7) Click Here
Maybe 5'9 nowadays.
Paleman said on 5/May/16
Clapton was once listed at IMDB at a whopping 6'1"! Could look big and tall on stage, that much is true.

Any idea how tall Mark Knopfler is? He's listed at 6' on Google and does in fact look to be at least in the 5'11" range in most clips.
Click Here - looks like a weak 5'11" here because of his terrible posture but standing up straight he could be very close to six feet. Sting looks tall here too, but only because he's closer to the camera.
Editor Rob: 5ft 11 range for Mark seems plausible.
Christian said on 21/Jan/16
Hey Rob! Have you seen this? It says Clapton is 5'10''. Click Here
Editor Rob: it's worth mentioning yes.
Jack said on 2/Nov/15
I met him. I do believe 5'10. According to a press release that is correct.
I just saw a listing which had some that are clearly wrong.
Jeff Beck not 5'10"! Santana not that tall either. Stevie Ray 5'5""...doubt it. Keith Richars was listed too tall . It's just an interesting topic because you just can't tell from film, pictures etc. If you know how tall one is you can guess at the others.
isabellasw said on 25/May/15
I had an affair with Eric 35 years ago. He is 5'9".
Holly said on 7/Dec/14
Here is a video of Clapton with Paul McCartney. Paul looks just a
bit taller than Eric. This was sometime after 9/11 due to the song
they are talking about. Not sure of the footwear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63e8WRjiPyc
Arch Stanton said on 4/May/14
I consider myself an advanced guitarist and a good judge of somebody's playing abilities and you're certainly right about him being overrated as a guitarist IMO. He's very good at what he does and is a great blues guitarist and a talented musician, but he's pretty limited as a player. Even by his own confession seeing players like Paco de Lucia etc he admitted it and that there are far better players around than himself. He's certainly not this sort of God people thought he was. He could look 5'11" a lot I thought.
Sam said on 2/May/14
Although he has a lot of talent as a guitar player and I like Cream, I think Clapton is pretty overrated. As a songwriter, I see Jack Bruce as the greater creative presence in Cream.
Anyway, of the 5'10" range 60s music legends, he's the one who always seems to give a taller impression to me. I'd be really surprised if he was an inch shorter than the taller Beatles. Up review, in a few pictures though, near six foot (I think) Robbie Robertson does seem a bit taller.
Gus said on 16/Oct/13
They say Neil Young is 6.1 feet, I'm 6.1 almost six two (6.3 with heels) So is it Neil 6 feet plus? If yes he is really tall I mean for a musician, since most rockers are kind of short or "average" in height, thank you :D
Gus said on 16/Oct/13
BTW Clapton is listed at 6 feet seems a little to tall for me, he must around 5.9 or 5.10 at the most (Maybe 1.75 Meters because six feet equals 1.82 Meters) anyway is no big deal,Thank you!!
Gus said on 16/Oct/13
Who is Ian Gotham???
zip said on 8/Oct/13
I met Eric clapton at new market race course about 25 years ago
and introduced to him by Ian Gotham
ian towered over both of us and as I chatted with both I could see that Eric was quite a bit shorter than me (5'9)
Mind you like me he was wearing trainers
averagegiant said on 1/Aug/13
@cranker
are those your 2 heros?
Sam said on 29/Jul/13
Probably English guitar is a better description. From that time on the Johnny Cash Show, here they look close in height:
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But here Cash seems to tower over Clapton:
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wiltonstilts said on 22/Jul/13
Cranker why are you talking about hitler? Thats retarded screw off with that seriously. . As for clapton above average. 5 10 maybe 5 11
Cranker said on 19/Apr/13
You are all talking total rubbish. Clapton is 5ft 9in. He's the same height as me and Hitler.
Bard said on 8/Apr/13
5'10
eric said on 25/Mar/13
5'10 is tall average.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Mar/13
I saw an Angus Young interview the other days and he said "big guys like Clapton with big hands and long fingers". I suppose even G would be big compared to him!! Granted though Clapton could look 5'11"-6' at peak and pull off looking tallish.
SaimoN said on 28/Feb/13
There is a video clip when Clapton was a guest at The Johnny Cash show back in late 60s or early 70s. Now Johnny Cash is suppose to have been somewhere 6'1'' to 6'2'' range (his different driver's licences say different heights) and Clapton didn't look even slightly shorter. They were both leaning when they talked together on stage, but I'd say Clapton must have been very close to 6'0'' or at least a solid 5'11'' in his prime.
(s)ain't said on 20/Feb/13
I think 5'11 or close to it is a little more appropriate.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/13
5'10 isn't tall Nate. It's average.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jan/13
Rob he's a guitarist mainly, he'd go mental at seeing "singer". He is a guitatist who can sing, not vice versa! Always looked 5'10 ish to me.
Matt said on 22/Nov/12
He was a lot taller than I thought he would be in person. About ten years ago, I saw him in Santa Monica chatting outside the Del Mar hotel. I'm 5'9" and he definitely was considerably taller. A solid 6' -- NOT 5'9 1/2"
Derek said on 21/Oct/12
Rob, is this his current height or his peak height? I always thought he was 5'10.5"-5'11" in his prime.
miguel said on 29/Sep/12
about 20 years ago I was in Onslow gardens admiring an old Rolls Royce and Mr. Clapton who lives/lived there said to me, do you like the car, I said yes and standing next to him I noticed that he was my height 6 feet no less!!
Danimal said on 23/Aug/12
This is too low for his prime Rob.
mcfan said on 22/Aug/12
Clapton was taller than Harrison. He was every bit his 5'10 in his prime. He certainly was not shorter than McCartney or Lennon.
Christian said on 29/Nov/11
Rob, how did you come up wth 5.9.5 for Clapton? Didn´t you have him at 5'10 years ago?
joker said on 4/Nov/11
I think Clapton is taller than 5.95 because he is taller than both lennon and harrison. Possibly 5.11 in his prime.
mcfan said on 12/Sep/11
They just showed footage on Showtime from 2001 in NYC with Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton standing directly in front of one another. They were exactly the same height.
Greg said on 12/Sep/11
A delightful piece of YouTube'ery is here, with Clapton matched against Carl Perkins and the great Johnny Cash (a really nice performance by all three, cash shows what a wonderful guy he was and Clapton was close to his peak as a musician):
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Perkins looks a tad shorter than Cash, but both Cash and Perkins seemed around 6'1, and are clearly "big" guys with large frames. Next to Clapton, Cash looks *huge*, but Clapton doesn't seem that far off height-wise; I'd say Clapton was about 5'9 - 5'10 here, and doesn't seem to be wearing huge boots (though that's hard to say with certainty).
bam said on 19/Aug/11
he did look 5'11 near john mayer, i'm stumped
Robby D. said on 7/Aug/11
Rob - Do you have any idea how tall Jeff Beck is? I saw him and Eric Clapton play together at Ronnie Scott's and I thought Clapton looked about an inch taller, therefore I assumed Beck was about 5'9", yet he is listed as 5'10".
Robby D. said on 25/Jul/11
Perhaps Eric Clapton is 5'10" then, because I was browsing the internet to find out how tall Jeff Beck is and he is listed as 5'10" everywhere. I am sure Eric is taller than Jeff.
5'8.56784 said on 25/Jul/11
He hold his own against 6'3 Mayer, he might be 5'10 nowadays.
Ken Hery Roedsand said on 16/Jul/11
I think he has the right height for his "exelente perfomence" and lyrics, song and guitar. I think also that his height is average for most of all known artists.He is , whithout any doubt one of my favourites....
Robby D. said on 10/Jul/11
In the sixties when he was with the Yardbirds, he was way shorter than Paul Samwell-Smith, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty and only slightly taller than Keith Relf, whom I think was about 5'8", therefore I think Rob's assessment of 5'9.5" is probably quite accurate. He was never, ever over 5'10" even at his peak.
Shaun said on 30/Jun/11
First of all Rob Clapton is primarily a guitarist. Its like calling Jimi Hendrix a singer. And I doubt he is under 5'10". Only looks about 4 inches shorter than 6'3" John Mayer I recall.
5'7.56 said on 22/Jan/11
He's 5'10 now and was 5'11 at peak.
Daniel said on 15/Oct/07
Eric Clapton should have been at least 5'11'' in his prime, I guess. Because in early photographs of the 60's (Yardbirds and Cream era) he seems to be tall. What do you think about it, guys? May I be wrong?
Franco said on 12/Oct/07
yeah Frank-X (here comes Franco the real one) lol

he is 5'11 with shoes not barefoot, barefoot he is around 177-178cm
glenn said on 6/Oct/07
in cases like that,rob is acurate.others atrocious.
frank-x said on 4/Oct/07
um eric clapton is actually 5'11, im 6'0 and i have met him a few times, and i have always been eye to eye with him.
Evanna said on 26/Sep/07
Rob's descriptions are always laconic. My favourite is Dita Von Teese -
"US erm, 'Celebrity' of some sorts." Very true, innit?
glenn said on 26/Sep/07
i know.rob should touch up on the descriptions.
MHouillon said on 25/Sep/07
Only description for Eric is "English singer"...?

What about "Guitar-player, called "Slowhand", most famous for Layla and Tears in Heaven" ???
Glenn said on 3/Jun/07
I was 5-7 in this pic.1992.
Anonymous said on 31/May/07
clapton wouldn't take a picture with me either. in this picture he MUST must must be wearing lifts. he is not an inch taller than 5'8'' .
Chris said on 30/May/07
What's that white thing coming out of Eric's ear?
glenn said on 18/Apr/07
jack bruce is around 5-6.maybe 5-5.
Robert.R said on 22/Jan/07
He always looked alot shorter than Ginger Baker with Cream. Does anybody know how tall Jack Bruce is?
Glenn said on 7/Jan/07
Keep in mind I was 5-7 here.but Im standing straight as I can,he isnt.5-10 peak is possible.he is 5-9 now.
Anthony said on 6/Jan/07
I always thought Clapton was at least 5'11. But now I think he's 5'9. Like most small rockers, his presence and choice of footwear made him come across as taller.
Chris said on 20/Nov/06
I saw a great picture of Clapton and Keith Richards from the end of the 80:s. Clapton looked 1 inch taller. I guess 5'10'' is correct for Clapton and Richards is 5'9''.
Glenn said on 6/Sep/06
Yeah,but looking 5-9 towards the end.
Glenn said on 22/Jul/06
1990.this was 1992.and the last time he posed with a fan.
iris said on 21/Jul/06
my question regarding this picture would be... How long glenn has been doing this?
clapton fan said on 25/Jun/06
In a lot of the old 70s photos Clapton was wearing high heeled boots.
I've never met him, but I'd guess a strong 5-9" - 5'10"
Glenn said on 10/May/06
Stallone pose forever!
Chris said on 9/May/06
Yeah! He is not 5'11''. Could he have shrunk a bit? Maybe he was 5'10''? Thanks Glenn, I see you used the Stallone posture:)
Glenn said on 6/May/06
He also said to my friend during the CREAM reunion,he was done signing.another friend last night who desperatly wanted this photo for years,told me the shocking revelation that Clapton told him once"I dont take photos after my son".how weird is that? a Clapton is worth 300$ and way upwards depending on the item.the most I ever sold something for was 400$ for a MARS VOLTA.how bizzare is that? prices vary depending.20$ is common,and so is 50$ and 65$ as far as pricing.
Glenn said on 6/May/06
yeah,J.this is the Holy Grail of all photos.harder to get thatn Michael Jackson.Im not kidding! this was the last photo he took with someone on the street! 1991!

[Editor Rob: is his autograph worth much, it must be if he's not signing much? Incidentally Glenn, what's the best auto you ever sold or got?]
Glenn said on 5/May/06
Correct on Baker.and on the Blind Faith alternate album cover,Clapton looks 5-7 to 5-9 next to him.
J. said on 5/May/06
Clapton's facial expression is not the friendliest in the photo above. He wasn't the friendliest, huh, Glenn? I've heard he is difficult to work with. He only looks a tad over 5'9" in the photo above but then again, his posture isn't as perfect as Glenn's. So, maybe 5'10" is possible.
D. Ray Morton said on 5/May/06
Glenn, Baker is 6'1.5"-6'2". He might've been 6'3" back in the day (or should I say the "daze"?). What an odd man.
Glenn said on 5/May/06
I told you guys he wasnt 5-11.read what Bruce said.
Editor Rob said on 5/May/06
Does Clapton have a clone? A shorter double like Elton John that he sends out?

Maybe this is the explanation for 171cm Glenn (I think you said you were young then glenn and were about that mark age 19?) looking not that much shorter than the Legend!
Bruce said on 14/Apr/06
I stood next to him backstage at a concert in the 70s and I thought he was around 5'7". I'm 5'9" and he appeared surprisingly short to me.
Glenn said on 23/Mar/06
In person he looks 5-9.my friend laugh at the 5-11 as well.maybe he was in his youth.I post my photo with him one day.he looks 5-9.5 in the photo.
MHouillon said on 23/Mar/06
I first realised that Rob's only description for Eric is "English singer"...?

What about "Guitar-player, called "Slowhand", most famous for Layla and Tears in Heaven" ???
MHouillon said on 22/Mar/06
The pictures from Chris are exactly the kind of pictures that I was talking about. In one, George stands closer to the camera, Clapton has not the best posture. In the second pic, they are sitting! Nice pictures, but not worth comparing heights with another.
MHouillon said on 22/Mar/06
Clapton 5'7-5'9 ? No chance! He looks a definitely 5'10.5-5'11 (179-180) just like Rob has him listed at. Have you ever seen the queens jubilee of 2002, Glenn ? Most every living legend was there, standing on one clear stage and you can compare many stars (thats what we say for celeb in Germany) with each other. And there was Mr. Clapton, too. A photo is not always the best thing to compare a height. (Bad posture, different or sloping ground). Don't get me wrong, photo is good. Filmed material is better. Especially wide angle with visible ground (just like in the "party at the palace - the queens golden jubilee").
Glenn said on 28/Jan/06
ive seen the guy 30 times.and have photo proof.5-9 and half tops.look at the cover to the blind faith cd.the cover where the group is on.not the rare original.clapton looks 5-7 to 5-9 next to ginger baker who I believe is 6-2.
snrub said on 27/Jan/06
There is a photo for his record "just one night" he is leaning a fender strat against his leg and it reaches to about his waist, a fender strat is 25.5 inches
Anonymous said on 23/Jan/06
Clapton could be wearing huge boots in the photo w/ Ringo + George
Chris said on 22/Jan/06
A friend of mine met Clapton outside Grand Hotel in Stockholm the day after a concert in 2001. He saw Clapton coming out and he ran towards him. They talked for maybe 5 minutes or more. He was very friendly. My friend is only 5'4'' but he knows that everytime he see a celebrity, he take notes about the person´s height. He said that Clapton was (5'11½-6 ft'') with shoes on. Then I compared my father who´s standing 5'11 1/4'' with shoes on. My friend said Clapton looked (2-3) cm taller than my father. So he can´t bee 5'9''. And trust my, he is good estimating heights :)
Glenn said on 18/Jan/06
a friend of mine also agrees when he ran into him that he was 5 inches taller than clapton,and my friend is 5-11.lifts?
Glenn said on 18/Jan/06
5-9.tops.
Andy said on 16/Jan/06
well, I recently watched the "crossroad guitar festival". I looked in particular the song he played with Carlos Santana, who is exactly 1.75, and Clapton looked exactly 2 centimetres, (maybe 3), shorter than Carlos. So Clapton is max 1,73!!!
Chris said on 27/Dec/05
Look at this picture. Clapton looks at least 6 feet.
http://www.uppa.co.uk/search/comp.bhtml?caption_id=464108&collection_id=10001&results_view=&first_match=
Dries Van Dongen said on 4/Dec/05
He's shorter than 5'11". Maybe 5'9".
CelebHeights Editor said on 12/Oct/05
From an email by Ernie: "Eric Clapton walked directly by me at a show in Charlotte, NC. He was exactly my height, eye-to-eye and I am exactly 5 feet 10 inches tall."
kmoon said on 3/Oct/05
Well, he seemed a lot shorter than Steve Winwood & I know Conan O'Brien is 6'4", but he absolutely towered over Steve Winwood when Steve was on "Late Night" so how could Eric Clapton be 5'11 or even 5'10" for that matter?

[Editor Rob: I've no idea, maybe winwood slouches? I would say for Clapton: www.uppa.co.uk click guest and in search box enter
oldman clapton to see him beside gary oldman or
B115_083601_1108 to see him near george harrison and ringo starr]
McFan said on 11/Jul/05
He appears to have been about a half-inch taller than Lennon in "Live In Toronto." I kind of think Lennon/McCartney were 5'10 and Clapton was 5'10.5. He was taller than McCartney by about the same half-inch.
Mr. R said on 4/Feb/05
This seems high. He is usually listed at 5'10", and that seems closer to the truth.

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