On This Day, March 27, 1979: Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s ex Pattie Boyd

On This Day, March 27, 1979…

Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of his good friend, The Beatle‘s George Harrison, in Tucson, Arizona. 

The two met while Clapton and Harrison were writing music together in the late ‘60s and Clapton fell in love with Boyd. Songs on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, including the iconic track Layla, were inspired by his love for Boyd.

Boyd eventually left Harrison in 1974, and she and Clapton subsequently married, all the while remaining good friends with Harrison.

But Clapton and Boyd’s relationship had problems. The rocker was an alcoholic during their time together and he even admitted to abusing her and being unfaithful. Boyd left him in 1987, and they were divorced in 1989.

Earlier this month, Boyd auctioned off several personal items, including love letters written to her by Clapton. She made over $3.6 million from the auction.

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