We promised intrigue but there really isn’t much to it. Eric Clapton and George Harrison shared an interest in guitars. They also shared a wife — not at the same time, though! In fact, after Pattie Boyd left Harrison, she was the muse behind some of Clapton’s classics such as “Layla” and “You Look Wonderful Tonight.” But that’s just about as interesting as that bit gets.
It’s the stuff with The Beatles that is really pretty interesting. If you didn’t get a chance to already listen to the isolated Clapton track on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” give it a listen, below. And I encourage you to read more about the time that Clapton visited Abbey Road Studios in London and played this little ditty.
According to the article:
During the recording of The Beatles (aka the White Album), Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr were seriously getting on each other’s nerves.
To lighten the mood a bit, Harrison asked his friend Clapton to play on his new song, which he felt was being unfairly overshadowed by Lennon’s and McCartney’s new songs anyway.
Clapton wasn’t into the idea saying that only Beatles play on Beatles song. But this was met with resistance from his friend: “So what?” Harrison said. “It’s my song.”
It’s cool to think of how the worlds of these great musicians overlapped.