Layla
Derek and the Dominos
Derek Dominos 1972 Layla 45

What'll you do when you get lonely
And nobody's waiting by your side?
You've been running and hiding much too long
You know it's just your foolish pride

1972
10
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972
  • peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles chart in 1972
  • this single is the longer version (7:05) of the two single releases - a shorter version (2:43) peaked at No. 51 on the Hot 100 in 1971
  • from the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #27 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
       Eric Clapton - guitar, lead vocals
       Duane Allman - guitar
       Bobby Whitlock - organ, piano, vocals, acoustic guitar
       Carl Radle - bass guitar, percussion
       Jim Gordon - drums, percussion, piano
  • drummer Jim Gordon composed and played the notable piano segment in "Layla" - it was added three weeks after the song had been recorded
  • written by Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon
  • Clapton wrote it as a dedication to Patti Boyd (the wife of his friend, former Beatle George Harrison)
  • the title of the song came from Layla and Majnoun, a 12th century Persian love story by poet Nizami Ganjavi
  • Eric Clapton: "We spent a lot of time working together on the guitars and Duane was very instrumental in the development of the song. He came up with this riff that was pretty much a direct lift from an Albert King song, 'As The Years Go Passing By,' from the Stax album Born Under A Bad Sign. It's a slow blues and there's a line that goes, 'There is nothing I can do, if you leave me here to cry', and we used that."
  • produced by Tom Dowd, Derek and the Dominos
  • recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, FL
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