It was Layla, a powerful song about a man who is in love with a woman he can’t have – and it was, of course, about Pattie.Later that evening at a party at the home of music impresario Robert Stigwood, Clapton told Harrison he was in love with his wife.Olivia Harrison, who produced the film with Scorsese, which is on release next month, reveals how her marriage came under regular strain from “hiccups” – her word for her late husband’s extra-marital dalliances.“He did like women and women did like him,” she says.In truth, however, the marriage was already in trouble.Harrison had returned from a trip to India in 1968 full of zeal for Eastern music and meditation.As George Harrison’s solo albums are rereleased, his widow talks about their life together and his music’s effect on her There are photos of the Beatles and family on every wall of the downstairs corridor and kitchen: there’s George, Paul, Ringo and John, some poses from the Hamburg years; Stella Mc Cartney hangs by the spiral staircase.
But there was nothing larger than life about George Harrison.
He married model Pattie Boyd, one of the most beautiful women of their generation only to lose her largely through his own carelessness; when George had an affair with Ringo’s wife Maureen, Pattie went off with his good friend Eric Clapton.
Even Harrison’s long and apparently happy second marriage to Olivia Trinidad Arias was not the serene relationship it appeared to be, thanks to Harrison’s ever-wandering eye.
A furious Harrison challenged Pattie; she chose to stay with her husband.
“But after that night I think he felt he could be as blatant as he liked in his pursuit of other women.” CLAPTON talks of feeling like a jealous Lancelot in the Camelot world of The Beatles in the documentary.
Harrison’s lack of consideration for Pattie’s feelings was nothing less than cruel.