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During his second Bluesbreakers stint, Clapton gained a reputation as the best blues guitarist on the club circuit.Although Clapton gained world fame for his playing on the influential album, Blues Breakers – John Mayall – With Eric Clapton, this album was not released until he had left the band for the last time in July 1966.Clapton left the Bluesbreakers in July 1966 (replaced by Peter Green) and was invited by drummer Ginger Baker to play in his newly formed band Cream, one of the earliest supergroups, with Jack Bruce on bass (previously of the Bluesbreakers, the Graham Bond Organisation and Manfred Mann).
Furthermore, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach a mass market.
Clapton is reported to have been embarrassed by the slogan, saying in his The South Bank Show profile in 1987, "I never accepted that I was the greatest guitar player in the world.