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Derek and the Dominos
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    (1970-1971)
    Formed in London
    Originally named Eric & the Dynamos (an announcer screwed up the pronunciation and they just rolled with it)
    Recorded 'Layla,' 'Little Wing,' 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out,' 'Tell The Truth' and 'Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?'
    Allman died in a motorcycle crash at 24
    Radle died of alcohol poisoning at 37
    Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals (March 30, 1945- , born in Ripley, Surrey, England)
    Bobby Whitlock - keyboards, vocals (1948- , born in Memphis, Tennessee)
    Carl Radle - bass (June 18, 1942-May 30, 1980, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma)
    Jim Gordon - drums (1945- , born in Los Angeles, California)
    Duane Allman - guitar (November 20, 1946-October 29, 1971, born in Nashville, Tennessee)
    Eric Clapton penned 'Layla' as a love song to Pattie Boyd, whom he was having an affair with while she was married to his pal George Harrison.
    Band members recorded most of the album 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs' high on heroin and other assorted pharmaceuticals.
    When the album was met with lukewarm critical response, Clapton took it personally, becoming ill-tempered and moody.
    The band imploded before they completed their second album and dissolved after just two years together.
    Gordon, an undiagnosed schizophrenic, murdered his mother with a hammer in 1983 and was sentenced to confinement in a mental hospital.
    Rock critics agree that Clapton performed some of his strongest guitar work with the band.
    'Layla,' an FM radio staple, was a Top 10 smash in both the U.S. and U.K. in 1972, and reemerged in the U.K. as a Top 10 in 1982.
    'Layla' was named by Rolling Stone Magazine 27th Greatest Songs of All Time and 16th Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll by VH-1.
    Andy Summers, guitarist for The Police, named his daughter Layla after the song.

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