When I was 14 and learning to play in the 80s, there was only one influence - Clapton. He was it for me. Beano and his work with Cream and the Dominoes are basically still 80% of what I play to this day, even though I play as much modal and major key music as often as blues these days. His influence is still right on the surface no matter what I play. When the Cream reunion hit, I was amazed how much I still love him to this day. Coincidentally, today out of nowhere I found myself singing "Lay Down Sally", a song I have not heard in at least 15 years. EDIT: If I could only pick one album. It would be Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Between Duane and Clapton, it's everything you need to know about blues guitar. And songwriting, for that matter, but that's a topic for another thread.