On Richard Clapton's very first album, "Prussian Blue" - a dense and obscure work which yielded no hit singles - the young singer / songwriter marked out the perimeter of his creative landscape. It was the beginning of one of the truly enduring careers in Australian music spanning almost 4 decades.
Clapton’s first commercial break through came with the release of ‘Girls on the Avenue’ (1975) that rocketed to #2 on the Australian charts, transforming Richard Clapton from obscure folk singer to fully-fledged pop idol in a matter of weeks.
The ‘70’s and ‘80’s saw Richard cement his place in Australian music history not only with his own albums hitting the charts but also working with other artists and as a record producer. His ’77 released ‘Goodbye Tiger’ has been labelled a landmark in the evolution of Australian music whilst forging close friendships within the Australian music community Richard produced INXS’ second studio album ‘Underneath the Colours’. Members of both INXS and Cold Chisel made appearances on Richards Top 10, multiplatinum album ‘The Great Escape’, and have since worked together on various albums and tours.
Throughout his career scaling the globe living, recording and touring abroad, Clapton is securely recognised as one of Australia’s most prolific singer / songwriters as a member of the ARIA Hall of Fame. With an extensive catalogue of classic albums and compilations behind him, he continues to move forward with great success in the studio and on stage as a permanent fixture in Australian music history.
April 2016 sees the release of Claptons latest album 'The House of Orange'. A crowd funded project which saw 200 of Claptons most dedicated fans help get the internationally recognised talent and his new album off the ground. He spent two months in Nashville, Tennessee working with Australian-born producer Mark Moffatt and "the best musicians in Nashville" to create 'The House of Orange' .