Derek and the Dominos is a British blues rock band, originally from London, UK. The group is ephemeral and lasts only one year between 1970 and 1971.
The group formed in England in the spring of 1970, around the famous British guitarist Eric Clapton, with members of his former band Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. The band is composed of Bobby Whitlock (keyboards and vocals), Carl Radle (bass) and Jim Gordon (drums).
The origin of the group name is explained by Clapton himself in his Clapton autobiography by Eric Clapton: "In our excitement to form the group, a detail had escaped us and, until the last minute before going on stage, we did not have a name. Ashton, Gardner and Dyke were the first part. Tony Ashton, who always nicknamed me Del, suggested that we call Del and the Dominos. He introduced us, not to mention who we were, under the name of Derek and the Dominos who was to stay. ">
After this first concert in London on June 14, 1970, they begin a tour throughout the United Kingdom during the summer. At the end of this tour, they begin the recording of an album (late August to October) released in November 1970 under the title Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. One can note the presence on this disc of one of the most famous songs of Eric Clapton: "Layla". It is also noteworthy that the guitarist Duane Allman participated in recordings and shoulder Clapton brilliantly, especially on the title track. After the release of the album, the band resumes the tour in the United Kingdom and the United States with a last date on December 6.