We met secretly at a flat in South Kensington. Eric Clapton had asked me to come because he wanted me to listen to a new number he had written.
He switched on the tape machine, turned up the volume and played me the most powerful, moving song I had ever heard. It was Layla, about a man who falls hopelessly in love with a woman who loves him but is unavailable.
He played it to me two or three times, all the while watching my face intently for my reaction. My first thought was: ‘Oh God, everyone’s going to know this is about me.
— Pattie Boyd on hearing “Layla” for the first time
My life in one image
In my top ten Rodger moments
102 years ago tonight the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank less than three hours later.
Take a look at this photo series from Retronaut highlighting the construction of the ship.