I was there at Criteria and have seen the crash of talented lives thorugh drugs & booze etc.
"IT'S TIME to PUT THEM DOWN" smell the ROSESJim Gordon was, at the time, one of the most in-demand rock studio drummers.
I fo you realy want some facts about this song, I would recomend getting a DVD copy of "Tom Dowd & the langrage of music".
In it you will get the facts in the words of the album procucer, and see him re-mix some of the intro with his comments of both the guitars.
If I have a daughter, I might very well name her "Layla" for this reason. There are a lot of contradictory facts concerning this song.
It would be good just to know the facts- it is a shame that we don't have them as it is a beautiful and amazing song.
Clapton stole the girl, stole the song, and stole the riff.
It's his greatest song - no wonder he was on smack.
I have been reading most of the comments and find lots of errors/urban legends ect.I'm not sure where Clapton belongs since other than Sunshine of Your Love none of his guitar work stays in my head in anyway that awes me.Wikipedia says this song ranked at 7th place on UK chart. [The song charted at #7 UK when it was first released in 1972, and at #4 when it was re-issued in 1982.For instance, one Wikipedia article suggests the piano coda was written by Rita Coolidge while another states it was written by Jim Gordon (yes I am aware that the two were dating at the time).Then again there is contradictory information as to whom played the guitar solos (Clapton/Allman) in the song.
Layla is STILL considered one of the Greatest Rock Love Songs Ever! Not too long ago I was in KC and hear a bar band cover it, something you hear very often. I would think you have to have your musical chops to even attempt it.