‘Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs’ By DEREK & THE DOMINOS Released 50 Years Ago Today

9 November 2020

Who: English/American blues-rock supergroup with
Eric ‘God’ Clapton as the main star.
Active: Only one year, 1970-1971

Their one and only studio LP
Released: 9 November 1970 – 50 years ago today

I guess so many more people know the brilliant single LAYLA but never heard the album it was on it. It’s the passion-filled love song Clapton wrote for Patti Boyd, the wife of his close friend George Harrison, the woman he was secretly in love with. In 1979, they married (Clapton and Harrison stayed friends) but split up in 1987.

You’ve got me on my knees, Layla
I’m begging, darling please, Layla
Darling won’t you ease my worried mind

Full album…

‘I SHOT THE SHERIFF’ By ERIC CLAPTON – Topped The US Singles Chart 45 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

14 September 2019

Artist: Eric Clapton
Song: I Shot The Sheriff
Album: 461 Ocean Boulevard – released 1 July 1974
Note: The song was written, by Bob Marley in 1973 for his Burnin’ album.
The late great reggae icon explained the song as follows : “I wanted to say
‘I shot the police’ but the government would have made a fuss so I said ‘I shot
the sheriff’ instead… but it’s the same idea: justice.

Success: Clapton’s cover hit the top spot of the American charts
on 14 September 1974, 45 years ago today

Here’s the album version…

And here a full orchestrated 2015 live version…


ERIC CLAPTON Released Solo Debut Album ‘461 OCEAN BOULEVARD’ 45 Years Ago…

1 July 2019

Blues addict at heart and globally adored guitar hero ERIC CLAPTON released his commercially and critically successful solo debut album ‘461 OCEAN BOULEVARD
this day 45 years ago, on 1 July 1974. After his one-album Blind Faith supergroup experience and his equally short-lived Derek And The Dominos project Clapton
decided to do it all (mostly) by himself and smoother than before.

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Although there are some new reggae influences, the album doesn’t
sound all that different from the rock, pop, blues, country, and R&B amalgam of Clapton. However, 461 Ocean Boulevard is a tighter, more focused outing that enables him to
stretch out instrumentally.”
– Score: 4.5/5 – Full review here

Turn Up The Volume‘s highlights: Motherless Children / Willie And The Hand Jive /
Let It Grow
and of course, I Shot The Sheriff, a cool cover of the Bob Marley classic…

Full album here…

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