Tuesday, November 7
Songs written about Pattie "Layla" Boyd
Like a modern-day Helen of Troy, Pattie Boyd was the muse who was loved and lost, wooed, won and lost again by two of the rock heroes of the time - George Harrison married her, and his best friend Eric Clapton stole her away. In the course of these romances, Boyd had so many rock anthems written to her - Something, Layla, Wonderful Tonight - that the wealth of tributes bordered on profligacy.
With musicians' machismo, Harrison and Clapton once engaged in an all-night duelling guitar session for her hand. When Clapton won, she re-immersed herself in a fresh round of wild London parties and hectic foreign tours, until his drug and drink addictions eclipsed everything else in his life - and the spell broke.
Songs written about Pattie Boyd
by George Harrison:
"I Need You" - this was a love song for his new girl.
"Think For Yourself" - this was written when he was miffed at her.
"Something" - in interview he has credited Pattie as the inspiration to this song.
by Eric Clapton:
"Layla" - he expressed the pain of his unrequited love for Pattie with this classic song.
"Wonderful Tonight" - he finally got his 'Layla' and wrote this based on an evening they shared.
"Pretty Girl" - dedicated to his pretty girl.
"Never Make You Cry"
Songs sung by Pattie
Pattie provided backup vocals for the Beatles and when George went solo.
"All You Need Is Love" - on the Beatles 1967 LP Magical Mystery Tour.
"Birthday" - on the Beatles 1968 LP White Album.
"Yellow Submarine" - on the Beatles 1969 LP Yellow Submarine.
"Bye Bye Love" - on George Harrison's 1974 LP Dark Horse, also featuring Eric Clapton on guitar.