I think the folks out there must be unconsciously disappointed that something that cool came from such ordinary people, so they keep giving it the loftier authorship they believe it deserves. Shapiro, the editor of “The Yale Book of Quotations”, was the host of a subsection of the “Freakonomics” website dedicated to the discussion of quotations.In October of 2009 Shapiro was asked about William Purkey’s connection to the quotation: In the realm of word and quotation origins, there is so much misinformation and misremembering that authorities such as the Oxford English Dictionary and the Yale Book of Quotations generally do not accept undocumented claims of priority. Purkey about this and he was unable to supply reliable documentation.He has been a decent session guitar player, but I would not count him among the greats like Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Larry Carlton, or George Harrison even.Hendrix had his own set of problems, but talent wasn't among them - that being said I get tired of Hendrix much faster than many lesser guitar players like Neil Young.I'm not sure where Clapton belongs since other than Sunshine of Your Love none of his guitar work stays in my head in anyway that awes me.Wikipedia says this song ranked at 7th place on UK chart. [The song charted at #7 UK when it was first released in 1972, and at #4 when it was re-issued in 1982.Layla is STILL considered one of the Greatest Rock Love Songs Ever! Not too long ago I was in KC and hear a bar band cover it, something you hear very often. I would think you have to have your musical chops to even attempt it.
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In conclusion, QI believes that the song lyrics of “Come from the Heart” should be credited to Susanna Clark and Richard Leigh.
Other popular sets of statements overlap these lyrics and apparently were derived from these lyrics.
Clapton stole the girl, stole the song, and stole the riff.
It's his greatest song - no wonder he was on smack.