Layla, Rich Paschall
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.
What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
Eric Clapton was a member of several groups before he joined with others to form Derek and the Dominos in 1970. No, no one was actually named Derek. Clapton, along with band mate Jim Gordon, penned the famous song and recorded it in 1970 with their new band. It was released in 1971 without great success. It’s length was a problem for radio play. Thus, an edited version at 2:43 was released and hit the Top Ten in 1972.
The long version was released again in 1972 and appeared on albums by Clapton and Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers fame. Allman had played guitar on the original studio version of the song. The long version then found success as a single.
In 1982 the long version was re-released and charted again. This time it was critically acclaimed as one of the great rock songs of all time.
In January 1992 Clapton recorded an acoustic album which included a new arrangement of the song. The slower version with a different opening was seen that year on MTV Unplugged. Clapton was reluctant to release the acoustic recordings, but finally relented and the song was released in September of that year. The B-side of the vinyl recording was “Tears in Heaven” which also became a hit.
The top video is from a 1986 concert and yes, that is Phil Collins on the drums. The lower one is from that 1992 MTV Unplugged performance.