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Classic Rock

Eric Clapton used voodoo to steal Pattie Boyd from his friend George Harrison

Eric was hopelessly infatuated and this music, with its lovelorn, wailing guitar and pleading lyrics had been composed in adoration – a shameless attempt to woo her.

The song was Layla, and its effect was overwhelming. Listening to it provoked awe that 'the most powerful, moving song I had ever heard' should have been written about her, Pattie now recalls, although she was concerned that it would be instantly decoded, not only by her husband, family and friends but by the tens of thousands of strangers who would buy the album it featured on.

But, she says: 'The song got the better of me. I could resist no longer.'

And so, step by step, Pattie surrendered, caught between the rival attentions of Eric and George in music's best-known love triangle.

How Eric Clapton used voodoo to steal George Harrison's girl


In the autumn of 1970, Eric Clapton summoned a young woman called Pattie Boyd, one of the leading British models of her generation, to the South Kensington flat used by his band.