35 Years Ago Today: Eric Clapton Marries Pattie Boyd

 

Apparently, there really was “something in the way she moves.” 

Pattie Boyd
was the inspiration for some of rock’s most iconic songs, such as “Something,” “Layla,” and “Wonderful Tonight.” 

Boyd was involved in perhaps one of the most torrid love triangles in rock and rock history - entangled in a web of love and passion with George Harrison and Eric Clapton, two of the top rock deities of all-time.

The budding beauty met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day’s Night, and just a few short years later they tied the knot in ‘66. 

George Harrison and Eric Clapton were great friends at the time, but this did not stop Clapton from falling in love with Harrison’s wife, Pattie.  The feeling was mutual after she heard “Layla,” which Clapton wrote for her.

Boyd and Harrison’s vows lasted for just nine years, as their infidelities tore them apart.  Clapton swooped in after the divorce, and began dating Boyd. 

Clapton and Boyd also said their “I dos” in ’79 and today marks the 35th anniversary of that fateful day.  This wasn’t a completely unhappy ending for George however.  He forgave the couple and even performed at their wedding!

The uniting of Clapton/Boyd was far from a fairy tale as Boyd recalls in her 2007 memoir Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.  Their marriage, marred with alcohol, drugs, and more infidelity ended in ’88.

Clapton and Harrison remained friends and frequently performed together for years.