Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Eric Clapton has been involved in some of the pivotal rock and blues music in history…The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, his illustrious solo career, but quite possibly his best stuff ever was when he teamed up with Duane Allman as part of Derek And The Dominos. The Layla album came out in 1970, which was before I could have comprehended its brilliance. By the time I caught up with it, Duane had gone back to The Allman Brothers Band and then died in a motorcycle accident, and Eric had drifted off into the heroin addiction that nearly killed him. For the brief time that their paths intercepted each others, they created a masterpiece, inspiring each other to play like musical soulmates. Besides the all time classic title track, other monumental songs included Bell Bottom Blues, Have You Ever Loved A Woman, Key To The Highway, Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?, I Looked Away, and a smokin’ cover of Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix. It is never too late to discover or revisit this album.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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