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Subject: "Layla"

Written By: Joelle on 11/01/04 at 10:30 pm

This is not about song lyrics, but I didn't know where to put it.  :-[

When did the song "Layla" first come out? (The band Cream recorded it.) I know it was in the 60's, but when?

I have to know for a report.


Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: karen on 11/02/04 at 7:21 am

If you really meant Derek and the Dominos recorded it (Eric Clapton was in both so they're easily confused) then according to this site it came out in 1970 and was then re-released in '71

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: Joelle on 11/02/04 at 11:55 am

Nope, the one I'm looking for is Eric Clapton & Cream. Thanks for the info, though.

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: karen on 11/02/04 at 12:00 pm


I'm pretty sure we are talking about the same song.

Here's the first verse and chorus of the one I'm talking about

"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.

Layla, you've got me on my knees.
Layla, I'm begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind."

Eric Clapton also re-released it in an acoustic form recently (as in within the past five years or so)

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: Joelle on 11/02/04 at 1:33 pm

Yes, we're talking about the same song. It was just recorded by 2 different bands with Eric Clapton.

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: suzannecol2 on 11/02/04 at 7:54 pm

Eric Clapton recorded Layla after Cream broke up- there is no way Layla was ever released by Cream.  Perhaps you are confused because in the 90's a compilation album was put out called "the Cream of Clapton", and it included songs he recorded while he was in the Yardbirds, Cream and under Derek and the Dominoes, as well as recent solo work.  As far as I know, Cream never did get back together to record......    

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: karen on 11/03/04 at 5:18 am

This page implies that it was done by Eric Clapton and Cream

but this is the only page which sort of implies this.  Everywhere else I looked says that Cream split in the late 60's and Eric formed Derek and the Dominos and they released Layla

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: blake36 on 02/04/05 at 8:28 pm

What is the background of this song? I heard that it has something to do with Clapton's attraction to a wife of one of the Beatles, but I'm not sure.

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: suzannnecol2 on 02/04/05 at 11:53 pm

"Layla" was written by Clapton about the wife of George Harrison, Patti Boyd.  She left Harrison and married Clapton, and during their marriage he also wrote "Wonderful Tonight" for her.  She must have been pretty great because George Harrison wrote the songs " I need you" and "Something (in the way she moves)"   for her   :o

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: Gonfunko on 02/05/05 at 3:17 pm

As has already been stated, Cream broke up in the late 60s (either '68 or '69). Eric Clapton joined Derek and the Dominoes, who then released Layla. The site you linked is incorrect, since Layla had not been written until after Cream broke up and, to the best of my knowledge, Cream never re-grouped. Also, according to iTunes, Layla was recorded by Derek and the Dominoes.

Subject: Re: "Layla"

Written By: zcrito on 02/06/05 at 10:26 pm

From what I know about it...

It was recorded in 1970, charted as a single in March, 1971 (went nowhere) and then made it back on the charts in May, 1972, and on this second try both the single and the album sold big time and have been heard on radio since.

(The "Layla" album had to wait 2 years to get noticed but The Moody Blues beat that "record" the same year with "Days of Future Passed" and its original 1967 release date)

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