Derek the dominos layla - Derek and the Dominos - Wikipedia

Derek and the Dominos came about through its four members' involvement in the American soul revue Delaney & Bonnie and Friends . [2] The latter supported Blind Faith , Eric Clapton 's short-lived supergroup with Stevie Winwood , on a US tour in the summer of 1969, during which Clapton became increasingly drawn towards Delaney & Bonnie's relative anonymity next to the fan worship afforded his own band. [3] [4] Together with his fellow future Dominos – Bobby Whitlock (vocals, keyboards), Carl Radle (bass) and Jim Gordon (drums) [2] – Clapton toured Europe and the United States again between November 1969 and March 1970, this time as a member of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends. [5] In addition, the entire band backed him on his debut solo album, Eric Clapton , [6] [7] recorded over the same period. [8] Many of the members began to leave Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, as a result of disagreements over money. [7] Whitlock later recalled other difficulties with Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett , citing the couple's frequent fights and describing Delaney as a demanding band leader in the manner of James Brown . [9] [10] Gordon, Radle and other Friends personnel, including drummer Jim Keltner , immediately joined Joe Cocker 's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour with Leon Russell , but Whitlock remained with the Bramletts for a short time. [7]

Truth is, the fans didn’t get “Layla”. For those who’d revered Clapton as “God” with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream, his desire to be “one of the boys” with the Dominos, and his preference for tightly structured songs rather than long blues-rock jams, just didn’t compute. In America, the Dominos’ only studio album, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, stalled at No 16. In Britain, the record didn’t even make the charts first time round.

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