Derek and the Dominos - Layla - 1970

Introduction to Derek and the Dominos' "Layla"

Derek and the Dominos' "Layla", released in 1970, is a rock classic that has captivated audiences for decades. This song, known for its distinctive guitar riff and passionate lyrics, is a landmark in rock history. In this aiMOOC, you'll dive deep into the story, the music, and the legacy of "Layla". You'll explore its creation, the band behind it, and the impact it has had on music and culture.

Background of Derek and the Dominos

Derek and the Dominos was a short-lived supergroup formed in the late 1960s. The band consisted of Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordon. Before delving into "Layla", it's essential to understand the band's genesis and the musical chemistry among its members.

  1. Eric Clapton's career before Derek and the Dominos
  2. The concept of a supergroup
  3. The rock music scene in the 1960s

The Making of "Layla"

"Layla" was not just a song, but a story of unrequited love, inspired by Eric Clapton's own life. The song's development, from its composition to recording, is a fascinating journey.

  1. Eric Clapton's inspiration for "Layla"
  2. The recording process of "Layla"
  3. The famous guitar riff in "Layla"

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos released? (1970) (!1969) (!1971) (!1972)

Who played the famous guitar riff in "Layla"? (Eric Clapton) (!Bobby Whitlock) (!Jim Gordon) (!Carl Radle)

What was the inspiration for the song "Layla"? (Eric Clapton's unrequited love) (!A fictional story) (!A famous movie) (!A historical event)

Which of these musicians was not a member of Derek and the Dominos? (!Eric Clapton) (!Bobby Whitlock) (!Carl Radle) (Jimmy Page)

What genre is "Layla" primarily considered to be? (Rock) (!Jazz) (!Blues) (!Pop)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Before forming Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton was a member of which band? (Cream) (!The Beatles) (!Led Zeppelin) (!The Rolling Stones)

Eric Clapton is best known for his skills on which instrument? (Guitar) (!Drums) (!Bass) (!Piano)

In what year was Eric Clapton born? (1945) (!1940) (!1950) (!1955)

Which of these songs is also a famous Eric Clapton hit? ("Tears in Heaven") (!"Hotel California") (!"Bohemian Rhapsody") (!"Like a Rolling Stone")

Eric Clapton is known for playing which style of guitar primarily? (Blues) (!Classical) (!Country) (!Electronic)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

The title "Layla" was inspired by a character from which type of literature? (Middle Eastern poetry) (!Greek mythology) (!Shakespearean drama) (!Victorian novel)

In "Layla", the lyrics mention which of these themes prominently? (Unrequited love) (!Travel) (!Political struggle) (!Nature)

The line "You've got me on my knees" suggests a feeling of? (Desperation) (!Anger) (!Joy) (!Indifference)

Which of the following lines is not from "Layla"? (!"I am yours, you are mine") ("Tried to give you consolation") ("Please don't say we'll never find a way") ("Begging darling please")

How does the song "Layla" transition in its second half? (From a rock ballad to a piano coda) (!From an acoustic to an electric version) (!From English to another language) (!From a solo performance to a full band)


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic. Insert suitable texts (at least 5 pairs) using exactly the following format, write only the text and leave no characters out, do not transform anything into a table, etc. Do not use any term twice. Term A matches Term 1, Term B matches Term 2, etc.

Eric Clapton Guitar
1970 Year "Layla" was released
Unrequited love Inspiration for "Layla"
Middle Eastern poetry Origin of "Layla" title
Rock Genre of "Layla"

Open Tasks


  1. Listen to Music: Listen to "Layla" and identify the instruments you hear.
  2. Research Musicians: Find out about other bands and projects Eric Clapton was involved in.


  1. Analyze Lyrics: Analyze the lyrics of "Layla" and discuss the theme of unrequited love.
  2. Music Comparison: Compare "Layla" to another famous rock song from the 1970s in terms of style and lyrical content.


  1. Music Composition: Create your own guitar riff inspired by "Layla".
  2. Write an Essay: Write an essay on the impact of "Layla" on rock music and its cultural significance.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss Inspiration: Discuss how personal experiences can influence a musician's work, using "Layla" as an example.
  2. Compare Music Eras: Compare the music scene of the 1970s to today's music scene, focusing on rock music.
  3. Evaluate Music Evolution: How has the guitar's role in rock music evolved since the release of "Layla"?

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