By Scott Vanderpool

Layla is a song written by guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Jim Gordon’s band Derek and the Dominoes, the title track for their 1970 album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. So who was Eric in love with? One of his best friend’s wives, Pattie Boyd. George Harrison had met her while The Beatles were filming A Hard Day’s Night, cast in the role “star-struck schoolgirl” while the band played on a sound stage made to look like the interior of a train’s mail car. They married in 1966, and broke up in 1974. Clapton had fallen in love with her sometime after breaking up Cream, so head-over-heels that he shacked up with her younger sister Paula, who was tipped off by Layla that his real love was Pattie. After a brief affair with Ronnie Wood, she got together with Eric, who married her in 1979. She left him in 1984. In her 2007 autobiography Wonderful Today: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me, Pattie says that George’s songs For You, Blue, Something, and I Need You, and Eric’s songs Layla, Bell Bottom Blues, and Wonderful Tonight were all written about her. The 1956 Fender Stratocaster guitar that Clapton played with Derek and the Dominoes, nicknamed “Brownie“, was bought at auction for a then-record $500,000 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and now resides here in Seattle in a glass case at the Experience Music Project (EMP).


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