“Wonderful Tonight” is a ballad song written by Eric Clapton. It was one of the soundtracks from Clapton’s fifth album, Slowhand. This album was released on November 1977 by RSO Records, and one of the most successful studio albums that Clapton has released. His album Slowhand produced two hit singles, “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Both songs entered the country chart and won major awards.
Clapton released a live version of his song in 1991. This time he performed the song together with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and surprisingly it entered the country chart. His live rendition was included on his album 24 Nights.
“Wonderful Tonight” is a classic love song that has been played over and over again, and will never get out of style. Many music artists recorded the song and have released their version of it.
About the Story
Back in September 1976, Clapton wrote this song while waiting for Pattie, to get ready for a night out. They will be attending a Buddy Holly tribute that Paul and Linda McCartney organized. However, Pattie was married to George Harrison when Clapton expressed his love to Pattie on his song “Layla.”
Clapton and Harrison remained friends. In fact, Harrison even played “Wonderful Tonight” at Clapton and Pattie’s wedding in 1979, but after 9 years, they got separated.
Pattie inspired his lover to write a lot of great songs. George Harrison’s songs “Something” and “For You Blue,” and Clapton’s songs “Layla,” “Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad,” and “Forever Man” were all dedicated to Pattie.
“Wonderful Tonight” is a great love song that tells everything good in a relationship even if some things went wrong. All we have to do is to endure the pain. Remember, that sometimes the smallest act of love can take up the biggest space in someone’s heart, but a single mistake can ruin everything.
Watch Eric Clapton’s Live Performance Below: