Australian singles chart:
An edited single version of Layla entered the Kent charts on 28 August 1972 and only peaked at #100. Fans were more interested in the longer album version
The song is on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs which entered the Kent album charts on 7 June 1971 and peaked at #33.
The band released only one studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, produced by Tom Dowd, which also featured extensive contributions on lead and slide guitar from Duane Allman. A double album, Layla did not immediately enjoy strong sales or receive widespread radio airplay, but went on to earn critical acclaim. Although released in 1970 it was not until March 1972 that the album’s single Layla (a tale of unrequited love inspired by Clapton’s infatuation with his friend George Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd) made the top 10 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The album is often considered to be the defining achievement of Clapton’s career.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_and_the_Dominos
Derek and the Dominos formed after Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon worked on George Harrison’s first post-Beatles album, All Things Must Pass. They got together at Clapton’s house in England and started writing songs and playing together.
At the end of Layla, Dwayne Allman produced the “crying bird” sound with his guitar while Clapton played acoustic. It was a tribute to Charlie Parker, a jazz legend known as “bird.”
Jim Gordon’s then-girlfriend Rita Coolidge claimed in her memoir Delta Lady, that she wrote the song’s piano coda.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/derek-the-dominos/layla
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