Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on May 2nd 1977, Eric Clapton recorded his song “Wonderful Tonight.”
Ever wonder how song writers come with the idea for their song?
Well guess what?
How Eric Clapton came up with song when he wrote, “Wonderful Tonight,” he was waiting for his girlfriend, (and future wife) Pattie to get ready for a night out on the town.
In 1976, they were going to a Buddy Holly tribute that Paul McCartney put together, and Clapton was in the familiar position of waiting while she tried on clothes.
Some husband that wait for us to get ready, probably don’t have as much talent as Eric Clapton has, but it’s a beautiful song if you ever heard before.
Pattie Boyd recalled that Clapton “was sitting round playing his guitar while I was trying on dresses upstairs. I was taking so long and I was panicking about my hair, my clothes, everything, and I came downstairs expecting him to really berate me but he said, ‘Listen to this!'” In the time she had taken to get ready Clapton had written this song.
On March 28, 1979, the day after they were married, Clapton brought Pattie on stage and sang this to her at his show in Tucson, Arizona.
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Pattie was married to George Harrison when Clapton expressed his love for her on the song “Layla.”
Clapton and Harrison remained good friends, and Harrison even played at their wedding in 1979. Eric and Pattie divorced in 1988, but what was the reason behind their divorce?
Boyd left Clapton in September 1984, and divorced him in 1988. Her stated reasons were Clapton’s years of alcoholism, as well as his numerous affairs including one with Italian model Lory Del Santo.
On March 20, 1991, Eric Clapton suffered a parent’s worst nightmare.
In a heartbreaking tragic accident, Clapton’s four-and-a-half-year-old son, Conor, fell out of an open window in the high-rise New York condominium he was living in with his mother, actress and Italian television personality Lory Del Santo.
Clapton, who didn’t live with Del Santo and Conor, happened to be in New York at the time. In fact, the night before tragedy struck, he’d taken Conor to the circus for an outing later memorialized in the song “Circus.”
As he later told Ed Bradley during a 1999 interview with 60 Minutes, wanting to be a good father to his son was what ultimately prompted Clapton to get sober.
As a tragic as it seems he wrote a beautiful song about his son’s death called, “Tears in Heaven,” which happens to be one of my favorite songs from Eric Clapton.
However today’s story is about how on May 2nd 1977, Eric Clapton recorded his song “Wonderful Tonight.”
As we celebrate Eric Clapton’s talent today, I hope his story inspires you to find the strength in your life.
There will be times in your life where you’re challenged, where nothing seems to be going right, where tragedy strikes and you’re left to pick up the pieces.
In some cases, being strong is simply about being able to persevere through extreme adversity. It can be something horrific like the tragic loss of a loved one, or something difficult and trying like getting laid off. It can also be emotional trauma, like recovering from a divorce or a tough break up.
These experiences leave us feeling weak and hopeless. But that’s no reason to stay down for long. No matter what you’re going through in life, other people just like you have gone through the same or worse and come out stronger on the other side. Its times like these you need to be strong and never give up.
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