The Harrisons' marriage, too, soon hit the rocks, due in part, Boyd says, to Harrison's infidelities and in part to the presence of a mutual friend: blues-guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton. "Eric and George had become close friends; they played, wrote music, and recorded together,"
Boyd recalls. "But I was aware that [Eric] found me attractive, and I enjoyed the attention he paid me."
This attention -- in the form of highly romantic letters, overtures, and most of the classic album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs -- eventually lured Boyd away from Harrison and into Clapton's arms. Even after Boyd married Clapton, the friendship between the two guitarists endured; they called each other "husband-in-law."