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“To have ownership of something that powerful is something I'll never be able to get used to. It still knocks me out when I play it.” Eric Clapton, referring to “Layla”


“Layla” is an iconic rock love song written by Eric Clapton in collaboration with Jim Gordon of their band Derek and the Dominos that was released in 1971. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #27 on “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004. The first movement showcases Eric Clapton’s guitar motifs, which are then sharply contrasted in the second part by Duane Allman’s piano chords and rhythms. In 1992, Clapton released an Unplugged rendition of the song that won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

At the time, Clapton was deeply in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and Beatles musician George Harrison. The lyrics describe Clapton’s unrequited love, the name “Layla” was inspired by the Middle Eastern tale of Layla and Majnun which was popularized by 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. In the story, Qays and Layla fall in love but are not allowed to be together. Qays becomes crazy about her and is later given the name Majnun (madman). A friend of Clapton told him the story, which struck a chord with Clapton and moved him to write “Layla”.

Eric Clapton's Website

Inspiration: Interview with Pattie Boyd

Facts about Layla

Listen to Derek and the Dominos "Layla"

Layla Unplugged

Layla & Collaborations Interview

by Eric Clapton

"Music became a healer for me."

Hear about Layla's critical reception


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