1944 - Yes, date unknown
Has one ancestor but no descendants in this family tree.
||Pattie Boyd |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||17 Mar 1944
||Taunton, Somerset, England
||Yes, date unknown
||10 Apr 2007 |
- Pattie was a successful model during the 1960s and early 1970s. She was known to frequent trendy clubs as well as the company of the era-defining designers Mary Quant and Ossie Clark . She also appeared several times in the covers of the best-known British magazines, including the UK and Italian editions of Vogue .
Pattie was the inspiration for one of Harrison's most famous Beatles songs, " Something ." Frank Sinatra called it one of the best Lennon/McCartney songs ever recorded, though in actuality it was written entirely by Harrison. George told Pattie that "Something" was written for her, but after she left him Harrison denied Pattie was his muse.
During Clapton's tenure in Derek and the Dominos , their only studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs , focused on his unrequited love for Pattie, which consumed Clapton. Clapton's tortured passion for his best friend's wife produced one of his most famous songs, " Layla ," a rock song that became a pop hit in three different decades, with two different versions. Pattie is said to also be the inspiration to " Bell Bottom Blues " from the same album, which Clapton reportedly wrote after she gave him a pair of blue jeans. Clapton's desire for Pattie drove him to a heroin addiction that forced him to go on a music hiatus for several years in the early 1970s . After Harrison's increasing religious exploration and relentless infidelity irrevocably alienated her, Pattie left him for Clapton; from then on she became Clapton's muse. On Sept. 7, 1976 Clapton wrote the famous love song " Wonderful Tonight " for Pattie while waiting for her to get ready to go out to Paul and Linda McCartney's annual Buddy Holly party. He also penned other tunes for her: "Pretty Blue Eyes", "Golden Ring", "Never Make You Cry" (from Behind the Sun ) and "Pretty Girl" (from Money and Cigarettes ).
However, just like her marriage to Harrison, the outward image of the perfect couple Clapton and Boyd projected masked deep pain and struggle. She divorced him in 1988 after years of violence and alcoholism on his part, as well as numerous affairs and several illegitimate children. Pattie herself was never able to conceive children . She was favoured by the judge during her divorce trials due to Clapton's extensive misbehaviour.
Harrison and Clapton remained very good friends despite the struggle with Pattie. Clapton cited his reasons for being with Pattie as human nature, moreover pointing out that it was not done with ill-will towards Harrison. Clapton even organized, emceed, and performed at the Concert For George , the commemoration concert for George Harrison following his death.
An exhibition of photographs taken by Boyd during her days with Harrison and Clapton opened at the San Francisco Art Exchange on Valentine's Day 2005 , titled "Through the Eye of a Muse." The exhibition also ran again in San Francisco in February 2006, and for six weeks in June/July 2006 in London .
Pattie's younger sister Jenny Boyd (born Helen Mary Boyd, but nicknamed Jenny after one of Pattie's childhood dolls) also experienced a musician love triangle: she was the muse for some of Donovan 's pop hits, most notably " Jennifer Juniper ." However she eventually chose Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame, marrying Fleetwood in 1970 and bearing him two daughters.
John Lennon and Mick Jagger were known to have had crushes on Pattie, with the latter admitting in the 1980s that he'd tried (but failed) to seduce her for years. She also had a brief affair with future Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood during the fall of 1973 , as her marriage to Harrison was ending. Ronnie Wood and his then wife, Chrissie, were guests of George and Pattie Harrison for a month at their home, Friar Park, where George and Ronnie were recording together. After a few weeks George invited Chrissie Wood on a holiday to Portugal and then to Switzerland - with her husband's blessing. Left behind Ronnie Wood and Pattie then traveled to the Bahamas with other friends including Mick Jagger - and were discovered by the press upon their return landing at London airport on November 25, 1973 - thus intensifying rumors in the press about the Harrison marriage. However, Boyd left Wood heartbroken, influencing yet another musician's recordings, such as the songs "Breathe on Me" and "Mystifies Me".