You know "Layla," the hit single from Derek and the Dominos, but do you know the wild '70s rock star tales behind its creation? Drug-fueled insanity, hedonism, and death all left their mark on this now-classic song, and you can even say its release marked the end of '60s idealism. Right at the middle of this musical maelstrom sit two legendary guitar players: Eric Clapton and George Harrison. The crazy truth of the matter is that "Layla" - and the bulk of the material on the lone Derek and the Dominos album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - was inspired by Clapton’s obsession with Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd.
Harrison and Clapton were best friends at the time the rock legend penned the song about unrequited love, and the results were far from what he’d hoped for. While "Layla" has become one of Clapton's greatest hits, the album didn’t see success until about two years after the band broke up. Derek and the Dominos seemed doomed as well, as each of its members fell on hard times.
From drug abuse to plagiarism to murder, read on to discover the tragic Derek and the Dominos stories associated with "Layla."
Eric Clapton Formed The Band To Serenade George Harrison's Wife
Harrison And Clapton Shared Romantic Partners
Jim Gordon Might Have Ripped Off That Piano MelodyPhoto: Rolling Stone / via Pinterest
Clapton And Harrison Had A Guitar Duel Over Boyd