Herbie Mann

Cover Wars: Layla (Derek & The Dominos)

[Originally Published: April 12]

Pattie Boyd man. How could one woman be the inspiration for so many epic rock songs? We’re talking Bell Bottom Blues (Cover Wars), Wonderful Tonight, Something, and believe it or not – a few others as well. Layla was released in 1970 by Derek & The Dominos on their incredible LP Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. In 1992, Clapton rearranged the tune for MTV Unplugged and took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. And it keeps going from there, one of Clapton’s arrangements is just a couple of days old, at the bottom of this Cover Wars you’ll see some videos from April 9th’s performance at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. And, if you haven’t seen Goodfellas, well. . .

Cover Wars

The Contestants:

Duane Allman died less than a year after he lent his legendary slide guitar skills to the original Derek & The Dominos studio take. Thirty-three years after its release, The Allman Brothers Band started covering the song, a nod that some attributed as a tribute to both Duane and the producer of the original record Tom Dowd, who died months before the Allman’s debuted it. Guitarist Warren Haynes handles the vocals. Audio Source: 9-25-2004


Video from 2003:

READ ON for more covers of Layla from the likes of The Charlie Daniels Band, Derek Trucks, Phish, Umphrey’s McGee and Herbie Mann…

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