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Eric Clapton: “Wonderful Tonight”

The Hook: Another song from Eric to Pattie Boyd Harrison, a.k.a. Layla.

Album: Slowhand

Year: 1977

Writer: Eric Clapton

Stats: Peaked at number-16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Drummer Jamie Oldaker [OHL-day-kur] was a member of Eric Clapton’s band off and on for about a decade, mostly in the ’70s and ’80s. He remembers that the musicians all knew who Eric was writing about when he brought in “Wonderful Tonight.”

Eric Clapton drummer Jamie Oldaker on “Wonderful Tonight.” OC:…a lot. :12

“That was written about Pattie, Eric’s Layla, Pattie Harrison. That was especially written for her. I mean, you can listen to the words and he’s sitting and talking to her, really, ‘cause I mean she really looked after him a lot.”