will probably go down in history as one of the most famous rock-n-roll muse
s in history. Patti Boyd
was an extra in the Beatles
movie A Hard Day's Night
where she met George Harrison
. Patti and George had an intense relationship, and ended up marrying in 1966. George's
intense love for Patti inspired him to write the song Something
, which incidentally Frank Sinatra
called 'the most beautiful love song ever written'.
was working with Eric Clapton
on music like While My Guitar Gently Weeps Eric Clapton
fell in love with Patti Boyd
and begged her to leave George and live with him. Patti continued to refuse Eric Clapton
's advances, prompting him to write Layla
as an anthem to his unrequited love. Some people close to Eric Clapton
even claim that his excessive heroin addiction
in the 70's was due to his throbbing love for Patti.
Eventually, due to Eric's persistent attention and because George Harrison
had an affair with Ringo Starr
's wife Maureen Starkey
, Patti left George and married Eric. Eric wrote the song Wonderful Tonight
about Patti. But their romance was short lived. Eric, still battling with alcohol and drug addiction physically and emotionally abused
Patti. Between the abuse, Patti's inability to have children, and Eric having an affair with the Italian actress Lori del Santo
(fathering son Conor Clapton
with her), the relationship crumbled, and Patti left Eric.
Since those days, Patti has continued to live in London, making a living as a photographer, and living with her boyfriend, Rod Weston
, a real estate developer.
Patti has also admitted that she is a recovering alcoholic, and has started a substance abuse program
with Barbara Bach
, another ex-wife of Beatles
drummer Ringo Starr
Any woman who has single-handedly inspired three of the biggest love songs ever is certainly awe-inspiring, and personally makes me want to meet her, if only so I can see what she ignited in these men.