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Rita Coolidge Says She Co-Wrote Eric Clapton Classic 'Layla'

04/01/2016
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(TeamRock Radio) Grammy-winner Rita Coolidge has publicly laid claim to the piano section of Eric Clapton classic Layla - and says she was rudely dismissed when she asked to be credited.

The 1971 Derek And The Dominos song is officially listed as having been written by Clapton and Jim Gordon, her then-boyfriend. She argues that she and Gordon had written a track called Time (Don't Get In Our Way) the previous year, then played it to Slowhand.

Coolidge says in her memoir Delta Lady (via the Miami Herald): "We played the song for Eric Clapton in England. I remember sitting at the piano in Olympic Studios while Eric listened to me play it. Jim and I left a cassette of the demo, hoping of course that he might cover it."

She "largely forgot about it" after that - until she heard Layla after she and Gordon had split up. "I was infuriated," she remembers.

"What they had clearly done was take the song Jim and I had written, jettisoned the lyrics and tacked it to the end of Eric's song. It was almost the same." Read more here.

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