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Song of the Day 3/11/09

Every day, our top 666 songs of alltime countdown gets one step closer to #1. Wednesday’s song is #504:

Derek & the DominoesLayla

No way, no way, no way. This can’t be one of the alltime top 666. “Classic rock radio” has burnt this to toast.

 

Oh yeah? Every year, a new generation of gradeschool kids discovers it with fresh ears. And did you know that for all intents and purposes, the hack who gets all the credit for it basically didn’t write it? That opening guitar lick? Stolen straight out of Personal Manager by Albert King. All those layers of crazy slide guitar overdubs? Duane Allman. And the piano part? That was written and played by the drummer, Jim Gordon, who later went nuts, killed his mother and remains institutionalized in California, 25 years later. Contrarians should check out John Fahey’s lovely 1984 acoustic guitar instrumental version. 

March 10, 2009 - Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert | , , , , , , , , , ,

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