One of my favorite albums of all time, Derek & the Dominos’ (Eric Clapton’s little side project with Duane Allman and company) “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” includes some of Clapton’s most famous songs, including Layla and Bellbottom Blues and a pretty interesting cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing. The album was composed and recorded during a particularly rough patch in Eric Clapton’s life (he actually had a lot of rough patches, too many for a mere mortal but not too many for Clapton) when he was consumed by a burning desire for Pattie Boyd, who just wasn’t really that into him. Why would any woman resist guitar god Eric Clapton? Well, for one thing, she was married to George Harrison. Yes, that George Harrison of the Fab Four. That’s the Beatles, for those of you not versed in pop culture.
So basically, Eric Clapton was really sad and going into a downward spiral of drugs and alcoholism, and all-around obsessing about Pattie Boyd. Since these aren’t really productive activities, he decided to channel his love for this woman into an album. And so Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was born. Basically it was an album specifically written for her. I’d be a little overwhelmed if I was the inspiration for one of the greatest rock albums of all time. A little creeped out, too. Have you listened to the album? The songs are a little…intense to be considered romantic. Yeah, it’s almost as bad as the mixtape I warned about previously.
So did this magnificent work of musical awesomeness succed in winning over the lady? Well, not immediately, but eventually, Pattie Boyd and George Harrison divorced and Eric Clapton was able to marry Pattie Boyd with George Harrison’s blessings. And they lived happily ever af- Actually, they divorced because Clapton was unfaithful. And also addicted to heroin. Yeah, he was a mess back then. But he’s Eric Clapton, so you can’t really blame him. He’s lived a hard life. But more on that in the future.