Song of the Day: Eric Clapton – “Wonderful Tonight”

Happy birthday wishes to Eric Clapton, who turns 72 years old today. This song is also celebrating a noteworthy birthday this year as it, as well as the album it appears on, Slowhand, both turn 40. The song was written about Patti Boyd — in particular, Clapton wrote the song while waiting for her to get ready for a party. Per Songfacts, Boyd told The Guardian in 2008 that Clapton “was sitting round playing his guitar while I was trying on dresses upstairs. I was taking so long and I was panicking about my hair, my clothes, everything, and I came downstairs expecting him to really berate me but he said, ‘Listen to this!'” The song is one of Clapton’s most popular classics, selling over 4 million copies worldwide.

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