The Cooper Street Relic

Just another blog from The Republic Of Hespeler

One of Eric Clapton’s most famous songs is LAYLA(1970) and the inspiration for the song was real.
Patricia Ann Boyd was a former model and wife of George Harrison when Clapton wrote the song and in total had 6 songs written about her, Harrison wrote “Something” “I need you” and “Isn’t it a pity” while Clapton wrote “Layla” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Bell Bottom Blues”. And according to rock historians both John Lennon and Mick Jagger were deeply attracted to her, but never acted on those impulses however Eric Clapton did and as a result the song ‘Layla” became a reality. Pattie Boyd and George Harrison divorced in 1974 and in 1979 she married Clapton which was 9 years after the song “Layla” was released on the Derek and the Domino’s album “Layla and other assorted love Songs”. However like many marriages that involved drug and alcohol abuse this one ended as well in 1989 according to Boyd because of Eric’s alcoholism and infidelity, and Boyd states that “Wonderful Tonight was the most poignant reminder of all that was good in our relationship, and when things went wrong it was torture to hear it”.
Today Boyd is a photographer whose collection “Through The Eyes of a Muse” is a collection of photo’s  from her day’s with Harrison and Clapton and her autobiographical  book WONDERFUL TODAY:George Harrison,Eric Clapton ,and me was published in 2007.      Official website

“Layla” is from the Derek and the Domino’s album ‘Layla and other Assorted love Songs” that also contains “Bell Bottom Blues” and while it is about Pattie,the main story is from a 12th century Iranian Poem called Layla and Majnun and is about a moon princess who was married off by her father to someone other than the one who was desperately in love with her, a story that at the time Clapton could relate to.

2 thoughts on “Layla(Another Woman in Song)

  1. Brian Gardiner says:

    Nicely done Jim.

    I like the Another Woman in Song Theme, that has real possibility. You should carry it forward, before some blogger who writes a weekly music bit steals it on you 🙂

  2. jimm hillis says:

    Thank’s for the kind words Brian. I want to expand the Relic to include more of my musical memories and is in fact the second story in my series. I wrote a piece on Suzanne by Leonard Cohen that i forgot to post on here, I guess i will do that one tomorrow.

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