Throwback Thursday: Derek and the Dominos

Courtesy of Stoned59 [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThis week for Throwback Thursday, WERS is playing a set of music from Derek and the Dominos to commemorate the aniversary of their debut live performance.

Derek and the Dominos were a blues rock group formed by guitar legend Eric Clapton in 1970 after  gaining fame as a member of bands like the Yardbirds, Cream, and Blind Faith. It was also one of his last group projects before embarking on an equally renowned solo career. Eric Clapton sang and played guitar with keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle, and drummer Jim Gordon. The band members all met when they played in Delaney, Bonnie & Friends. The band’s existence was short-lived as they were only around from 1970 to 1971 and released just one album. This sole studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, initially wained in mainstream radio airplay and sales, and would not gain popularity until the year after the band dissipated.  Many of the album’s tracks featured Duane Allman on slide guitar. Even though Allman’s guitar work was an integral part of the album, he declined a permanent position in the group when offered. The most memorable song from Derek and the Dominos was the album’s title track, “Layla.” The legendary love song was about Clapton’s unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, wife of his friend and famed Beatle guitarist George Harrison.

Celebrate Derek and the Dominos with us today at 5pm on 88.9 WERS.

By Blaise Fritsche

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