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Clapton Is a Dad Again

Rocker's wife gives birth to daughter in London

February 4, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Three-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton, 59, became a father for the fifth time Tuesday when his wife Melia McEnery, 29, gave birth to a baby girl in London.

The child is the couple's third: They have daughters Julie Rose, 3, and Ella Mae, 2. Clapton also has a nineteen-year-old daughter, Ruth, and his only son, Conor, died in 1991 after falling from a window in New York City. Clapton's Grammy-winning song "Tears in Heaven" was penned in Conor's memory.

Clapton recently gave permission for "Tears" to be rerecorded as an all-star charity single to benefit Save the Children Fund's tsunami relief efforts. Elton John, Rod Stewart, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Phil Collins and opera tenor Andrea Bocelli are set to contribute vocals. Sharon Osbourne is coordinating the effort.

Clapton is currently planning a four-night reunion of Cream, the legendary Sixties rock trio for which he played guitar, at London's Royal Albert Hall in May. He is also nominated for two awards at the February 13th Grammys.

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