Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A Q&A with Pattie Boyd, Author of Wonderful Tonight
Why are you writing the book now?
I have been asked for the last 15 years to write a book, and it is only now that I feel the time is right. My confidence in myself was restored after two successful exhibitions of my photography, and it occurred to me that I was finally ready to take a look at the unique experiences of my life and to share them--including all the ups and downs.
Tell us about the first time you met George Harrison.
Working as a model, I occasionally went for castings, mainly for television commercials. I went for an interview with one of the directors I had worked with in the past, and he cast me in his first movie, A Hard Day's Night, to play the part of a schoolgirl. When I first saw George on the set, I thought he was the best-looking man I'd ever seen. I was so surprised when he asked me out on a date at the end of my first day of filming.
Tell us about the first time you heard George Harrison's song, "Something."
George said he had written a song for me, and he played it on the guitar at home without the words. Then when I heard the song after it had been recorded I couldn't believe how utterly beautiful it was. It was released on a single in October 1969, and I felt so thrilled and flattered.
Tell us about the first time you heard Eric Clapton's "Layla."
Eric invited me to his band's flat one day and played a rough recording of "Layla" on a cassette recorder. I was sitting on a sofa and he on the floor as it played, and he kept looking up at me for a reaction. I was stunned; the intensity, passion and tenderness came across so strongly--I knew, as he said, it was written for me.
So ya.... I really thought that this would be one of those juicy tidbit tell-alls. Actually I was hoping it would be. lol But sadly, Pattie tells her story in her own way, which at times bounced all over. But I did like to get another person who was on the inside, view of what went on with the members of the Beatles. But why would you leave George?? Not her smartest move.
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