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Its famously contrasting movements were composed separately by Clapton and Gordon. The book moved Clapton profoundly, because it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful, young girl and went crazy and so could not marry her. In his autobiography, Clapton states, “Ian Dallas told me the tale of Layla and Majnun , a romantic Persian love story in which a young man, Majnun, falls passionately in love with the beautiful Layla, but is forbidden by her father to marry her and goes crazy with desire. Clapton and Boyd would eventually marry.
Layla” was unsuccessful on its initial release. The song has since experienced great critical and popular acclaim, and is often hailed as being among the greatest rock songs of all time. During the late 1960s, Clapton and Harrison became close friends. Clapton fell in love with Boyd.
Nizami’s tale, about a moon princess who was married off by her father to a man she didn’t love, resulting in Majnun’s madness, struck a deep chord with Clapton. Clapton and Boyd divorced in 1988 after several years of separation. Seizing the opportunity, Clapton formed a new group, which became Derek and the Dominos. Clapton’s fledgling band as a guest. The two hit it off well and soon became good friends. Dowd said of their guitar-playing chemistry: “There had to be some sort of telepathy going on because I’ve never seen spontaneous inspiration happen at that rate and level.