Eric Clapton, an English musician and songwriter, wrote Layla in 1970, influenced by American blues artists like Muddy Waters. He played in bands like The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton's fame led to drug abuse, leading to his addiction to heroin.
Layla, originally recorded by Eric Clapton, is credited to Derek and The Dominos, a band formed by Clapton and his friends. The band aimed to play music in an unknown band, seeking anonymity and a break from fame. The album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was released in 1970, and the single was released shortly after.
MTV Unplugged, a music channel series, featured artists playing acoustic sets in front of live audiences. Clapton's 1992 episode shifted history, leading to the best-selling live album of all time, the Unplugged album.