Saturday, March 20, 1971

Derek and the Dominos charted with "Layla"


Derek and the Dominos

Writer(s): Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon (see lyrics here)

First Charted: March 20, 1971

Peak: 10 US, 14 CB, 12 HR, 8 AC, 9 AR, 4 UK, 9 CN, AU 100, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.4 UK, 0.4 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 6.0 radio, 225.11 video, 236.32 streaming

Layla (Unplugged)

Eric Clapton

Released: September 14, 1992

First Charted: September 5, 1992

Peak: 12 US, 7 CB, 7 RR, 8 AC, 9 AR, 45 UK, 11 CN, 7 AU, 2 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 0.23 US

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 9.0 radio, 6.2 video, 238.95 streaming

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About the Song:

One of the great classic rock songs was inspired by Nizami, a twelfth-century Persian poet, who told the story of a love affair gone wrong in The Story of Layla and Majnun. HL In Eric Clapton’s version of the tale, the source of unrequited love was Patti Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison. Clapton never again sounded as tortured as he does here, even on 1992’s “Tears in Heaven,” which Clapton wrote about the death of his four-year-old son. AMG Oh, and Nizami’s version missed a key ingredient of its musical counterpart — “the most recognizable guitar riff in history.” BBC

Derek and the Dominos was a short-lived ensemble comprised of Clapton, members of Delaney and Bonnie’s band, and guitarist Duane Allman, who adapted the “incendiary, fiery riff that fuels the first section” AMG from Albert King’s “The Years Go Passing By.” TC

Also notable was Jim Gordon’s “serene, piano-based coda.” RS500 He was a multi-instrumentalist, but was best known for his drumming. This, however, was a piece he’d been working on for years, finally finding its way into “Layla” two months after the recording was supposedly finished. TC

The original U.S. single peaked at #51 in 1971. The next year, a longer version went to #10 in the U.S. and #7 on the UK charts. A decade later, it hit the UK charts again, going to #4. In 1992, the song emerged in a slower, live version from Clapton’s Unplugged album and hit AC and album rock. “It was an admirable reworking, but...[the] original recording remains one of the towering moments in rock & roll history.” AMG


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Last updated 10/28/2022.

Friday, March 19, 1971

Yes released The Yes Album

The Yes Album


Released: March 19, 1971

Peak: 40 US, 7 UK, 46 CN, 20 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.06 UK, 1.06 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: progressive rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Yours Is No Disgrace (Anderson, Squire, Howe, Kaye, Bruford) [9:41] (9 CL)
  2. The Clap (instrumental) (Howe) [3:17]
  3. Starship Trooper (Anderson, Howe, Squire) [9:29] (8 CL)
    a. Life Seeker
    b. Disillusion
    c. Würm
  4. I’ve Seen All Good People (Anderson, Squire) [6:55] (1 CL)
    a. Your Move (9/25/71, 40 US, 29 CB, 30 HR, 32 AU)
    b. All Good People
  5. A Venture (Anderson) [3:20]
  6. Perpetual Change (Anderson, Squire) [8:57]

Total Running Time: 40:56

The Players:

  • Jon Anderson (vocals, percussion)
  • Chris Squire (bass, vocals)
  • Steve Howe (guitar)
  • Tony Kaye (keyboards)
  • Bill Bruford (drums, percussion)


4.133 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“The album that first gave shape to the established Yes sound, build around science-fiction concepts, folk melodies, and soaring organ, guitar, and vocal showpieces.” AMG This was “not quite the classic lineup (even Rick Wakeman would not join until Fragile), but thanks to new recruit Steve Howe here for the first time is the mature Yes sound in all its sonic glory. On tracks like the barnstorming showpiece Starship Trooper Chris Squire’s monstrous bass looms large in the mix, Bill Bruford’s jazz drumming skates edgily around the beat, and layered on top are those remarkably long-limbed solos from Howe – one of the very few guitarists to fuse the best of jazz with rock (as well as creating a landmark in acoustic guitar literature with his Chet Atkins-inspired solo The Clap).” AZ

“Singer Jon Anderson’s elliptical lyrics had yet to flower into the truly bizarre realms of Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans, but he was already using words more for their sound value than sense (‘Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face / Caesar’s Palace, morning glory, silly human race’).” AZ

The classic rock staple I’ve Seen All Good People was edited into the single Your Move and gave Yes their first charting single. The aforementioned ‘Starship Trooper,’ along with “Perpetual Change, and Yours Is No Disgrace, became much-loved parts of the band’s concert repertory for many tours to come.” AMG

“Put it all together and you’ve got an album with a much sharper edge than their later bloated extravaganzas.” AZ

Notes: A 2003 reissue added single versions of “Your Move” and “Life Seeker” as well as a studio version of “Clap.” In 2014, a reissue added an alternate version of the album as well as singe versions of “Your Move” and “Clap” and live versions of “America” and “It’s Love.”

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First posted 4/28/2008; updated 7/25/2021.