A simple song about arriving at a party with the most beautiful woman imaginable, “Wonderful Tonight” has long been a first-dance staple at wedding receptions. Eric Clapton wrote the song in 1976 while waiting for his girlfriend, Pattie Boyd, to get ready for a party. Clapton and Boyd had a history. Six years earlier, he’d written “Layla,” one of the most iconic love songs of all time, about his unrequited crush during Boyd’s marriage to his friend, Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison. “Wonderful Tonight” also revealed the dark side of Clapton’s relationship. The song’s narrator has too much to drink and has to be carried home by his unnamed love. But all’s well that ends well, because through his aching head, the narrator tells his love twice, “Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight.” Many recently wedded couples agreed.
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