Clapton Ties the Knot

Guitar legend surprises family and friends with wedding

January 3, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Eric Clapton was married on New Year's Day to Melia McEnry, the mother of his six-month-old daughter Julie Rose.

The nuptials came as a surprise to the couple's family and friends who had gathered at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Ripley, England, near Clapton's home, for the baptism of Julie Rose as well as Clapton's sixteen-year-old daughter Ruth from a relationship with Yvonne Kelly.

Reverend Christopher Elson called the couple forward after the baptisms to exchange their wedding vows. Clapton, fifty-six, met McEnery, a twenty-five-year-old graphic artist from Columbus, Ohio, on a trip to Los Angeles.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »