"Layla" is a rock classic by Eric Clapton that was first released in 1970. It is a love ballad with poignant lyrics that tell the story of a man who is hopelessly in love with a woman he can't have. The lyrics were written by Clapton and his bandmate Jim Gordon, and the song was inspired by Clapton's unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, who was married to Clapton's friend George Harrison at the time
'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs'
- Artist: Derek and the Dominos
- Release date: November 9, 1970
- Label: Atco, Polydor
- Songwriter: Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon
- Key: D minor
- Genre: Rock
- Length: 7'04" (Album version)
Who is Pattie Boyd?
When she first met Clapton in the middle of the 1960s, Boyd was a model and actress who was wed to Beatles member George Harrison. Boyd captured Clapton's attention right once, and he wrote the song "Layla" to describe his affections for her.
Boyd was at first flattered by Clapton's attention, but she didn't feel the same way and continued to be wed to Harrison. Eventually falling in love, Pattie Boyd and Eric Clapton wed in 1979. They finally divorced in 1988, although their marriage was troubled.
The song became an instant hit and has since become one of Clapton's most enduring and popular works. It is known for its powerful guitar work and emotive lyrics, and has been covered by numerous artists over the years. The guitar arrangement for "Layla" is complex and intricate, featuring a range of different techniques, including fingerpicking and sliding.
"Layla" can be downloaded from various online music platforms, including iTunes and Amazon. It is also available on many of Clapton's greatest hits albums, which can be purchased on CD or as digital downloads. Guitar tabs for "Layla" can also be found online, which can be used to learn how to play the song on guitar. Many guitarists have also recorded their own covers of "Layla," which can be found on YouTube and other video sharing sites.
<"Layla" (2014 live) by Eric Clapton on YouTube>
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