Rock Chronology #197: Bell Bottom Blues

“Bell Bottom Blues”, Derek and the Dominos, 1970.

“Bell Bottom Blues” was the single released after “Layla” from the Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album. Here is another song where Eric Clapton sings about his unrequited love for George Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd. This song was recorded before Duane Allman joined in their recording sessions, so Eric is doing all of the guitar parts.

This single originally peaked at #91 on the US Billboard charts, and the album similarly had a poor performance when first released. Of course the album was later recognized as one of Clapton’s finest (once everyone realized it was really him), although the highest it ever peaked on the US album chart was #16.

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