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Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Album: SlowhandReleased: 1977Charted:
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30
  • Clapton wrote this in 1976 while waiting for his girlfriend (and future wife) Pattie to get ready for a night out. They were going to a Buddy Holly tribute that Paul McCartney put together, and Clapton was in the familiar position of waiting while she tried on clothes.
  • Pattie was married to George Harrison when Clapton expressed his love for her on the song "Layla." Clapton and Harrison remained good friends, and Harrison even played at their wedding in 1979. Eric and Pattie divorced in 1988.
  • Pattie inspired a lot of great songs. George Harrison wrote "Something" and "For You Blue" for her, while she inspired Clapton to write this, "Layla," "Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad," and "Forever Man," among others.
  • This is a fixture at proms and weddings.
  • On March 28, 1979, the day after they were married, Clapton brought Pattie on stage and sang this to her at his show in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Clapton released a live version in 1991 recorded in London with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. This is the version that charted in the UK. It is included on his album 24 Nights.
  • In Friends episode 625 (the one with the proposal), this plays in the background while Chandler and Monica are dancing. (thanks, Michael - Jerusalem, Israel)
  • This was used in the movie The Story Of Us with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer. The song plays in the background as they eat dinner together at home, even though they had separated.
  • In 1997 the boy band Damage recorded a cover reaching #3 in the UK. A then unknown Craig David sent in a self-written song called "I'm Ready" for a competition Damage was running, which they used as the B-side.
  • Pattie Boyd recalled to The GuardianDecember 13, 2008 that Clapton "was sitting round playing his guitar while I was trying on dresses upstairs. I was taking so long and I was panicking about my hair, my clothes, everything, and I came downstairs expecting him to really berate me but he said, 'Listen to this!'" In the time she had taken to get ready Clapton had written this song.
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Comments: 44

An absolute classic... to write a song in that short of time. Slowhand is an incredible talent. This song is a staple at every wedding reception I have ever been to over the years.Brent - Denair, Ca
Regardless of the meaning or whom the song was dedicated to it is still a classic.Hugh - Wick, United Kingdom
Awesome!I don't get tired listening to this wonderful love song....Bennie - Parañaque City, Philippines
My parents danced to this at their wedding. i never had a liking for it, bit I grew to respect it. A nice, slow song.Squigle - Columbus, Oh
cute song...very well written...Rahul - Chennai, India
Bell Bottom Blues was also inspiration from Patti Boyd so many great songs in the Clapton catalog this ranks very high among themRyan - Parker, Co
wow. pattie had a thing for guitar players, huh? AND "SOMETHING" WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR HER.Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
A romantic song dedicated to your wife after a good evening out, i still prefer the original studio version taken off 'slowhand'Gary - Watford, United Kingdom
My husband and I met at a night club in Asheboro North Carolina, I asked him to dance and this was the song the band started playing. We have been together since that night! Together for 14 years and married for 12 years... Love it!Bonnie - Paris, Ky
This song ALWAYS reminds me of my great love Diane "Di" Wilson Peterson! We dated for 3 years and spent alot of time in Carmel, Indiana dancing and drinking at a place called "Rico's". Too bad that we never made it past 3 years. She's married and, hopefully, still alive somewhere! I always give a "tribute" to "Di" whenever I hear this song. She was, truly, "one in a million"!Stormy - Kokomo, In
i really like the song wonderful tonight,it remain me my past boyfriend...he alway's sang this song to me!Maricel - Iloilo City, Philippines
its got to be the best song ever! my boyfriend sang it to me when i was 14 all always rember it xxAmanda - Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
One of my wife's favorite Clapton/Love songs, and after 30 years K you look wonderful evrynight!!Andy - Rockaway , Ny
um yeah it definitely isnt played at the end of happy gilmore that is for sure tuesday's gone by lynyrd skynyrd. and george harrison himself once said that he DIDN'T write something for pattie, he wrote it for some girl in his head who didnt exist. and does anyone know why (on my itunes) this song gives a production credit to bob marley? could be a mistake?David - Reno, Nv
Wonderful Tonight is a wonderful song... Very romantic. If you have a love do play it for her! She will be flattered that you are thinking of herSeema - Mumbai, India
I thought Tuesday's Gone was the song played at the end of Happy Gilmore?Robert - Brisbane, Australia
No one has mentioned Tupelo Honey as the other contender for best love song ever....but this is a close 2nd.Lisa - Antioch, Ca
Best rock love song...ever.John - Manila, Other
What is all the dalk about disabled people? I know this song like the back of my hand. "This beautiful lady, that's walking around with me." Then he drinks too much "So I give her the car keys, & she helps me to bed." What sort of disability is he or she supposed to have?Andy - Burnley, England
god peoples hes being sarcastic cause shes taking so long so its like "do i look all right" "yes you look wonderful tonight" then again "do i look all right" "yes you look wonderful tonight"Jeeves - Dc, Dc
These lyrics are the most beautiful of any lyrics I have ever heard and any woman would be thrilled to have such words written about her - and I had the privilege of hearing Eric perform it live tonight!Liz - Perth, Australia
I believe that the lines "I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes,
And the wonder of it all is that you just dont realize how much I love you" are the best written words with the most impact of any song I've ever heard.
Morgan - Urbana, Oh
On Rciky Gervais afternoon show on London radio station XFM, this song is widely debated becasue producer Karl pilkington believes this song is about a man in a wheelchair.Will - York, England
Oh and Something by the Beatles.Roberto - Las Cruces, Nm
This song and Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers are two of the most romantic songs that I know of.Roberto - Las Cruces, Nm
John from Millersville gets an AA (Awesome analogy) point.Johnny - Los Angeles, Ca
And if you ever had the fortune to see Patti up close, you would appreciate why Eric would happily wait while she changed clothes! She was breathtakingly beautiful. She was a teenage model. She was barely 18 when she started dating George Harrison (secretly). She was 20 when she married George. And she was still fairly young by the time drugs and promiscuity ruined the marriage and she took up with Eric. (By then, Eric had had an affair with both her and her sister. Patti, in turn, had had her own affairs, incuding a tumble with John Lennon.) But it's hard to even imagine Eric Clapton having the focus to notice a beautiful young model changing clothes for a night out. He was drug-addled and obssessive. By the time Patti dumped him, he had sired two children with two women other than her! The lyric should read "Darling, you look wonderful--I think."Dirk - Nashville, Tn
Actually Greg is right it is both the beggining and end is "tuesdays gone" but they both sound similar even I thought it was "Wonderful Tonight" until I heard "Tuesdays Gone"Colby - Fort Collins, Co
What a pretty song. I love Eric Clapton!Paige - San Diego, Ca
I've always thought it to be pretty cool that Eirc and George could stay such good friends after the whole Patti ordeal. To me, Patti is a kind of modern Helen of Troy. Gorgeous song, of course.John - Millersville, Md
lol why do people always tell me that "Wonderful Tonight" plays in the begining of happy gilmore? It's not that. Its Lynyrd Skynyrds "Tuesday's Gone" :) Listen to it. It's DEFINATLY that song. Go Skynyrd and Go Clapton!Sean - Private Info :), Ne
Hey Prettttttty funnny Daryl! Anyway, great love song. Wonnder why they play it at weddings so much.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
Oddly, despite being his best-known solo offering in the UK since it first materialised on the album "SlowHand" in 1977, and despite massive success in the YardBirds, Cream and Derek & The Dominoes over the years, 'Wonderful Tonight" was not released as a single in the UK until 1993, and surprisingly stalled at a lowly No.30, thereby failing to repeat the UK chart success of earlier hits "Lay Down Sally", "Tears In Heaven" and "Bad Love". The US boyband Damage later made No.3 in the UK with an inferior cover version in 1997Dave - Cardiff, Wales
i love the new commercial with the guy and his wife and he keeps playing that part over and over. I bet alot people think thats "selling out" but i thinks its greatCharlie - Thomaston, Ct
great song to play for your girlfriend..wink winkJustin - Columbus, Ms
oh yeah it's a great song - wonderful tonight it was played on the episode of friends when Chandler and Monica got engaged in the ending.Jude - Los Angeles, Ca
um.. I hate this say this for the freakin' billionth time SOMETHING wasn't written for PATTY!!!! Thank you for your time.Jude - Los Angeles, Ca
Actually Katie from Australia "Tuesday's Gone" by Lynyrd Skynyrd is the OPENING and ENDING song on the movie "Happy Gilmore". Believe it or not!Brandon - Bronson, Mi
this just might be the best love song everAriel - Woodbridge, Ct
Greg from Abbeville, SC, "Tuesday's Gone" was by Lynyrd Skynyrd is the OPENING song on the movie "Happy Gilmore", not the ending.Katie - Goulburn, Australia
Ace song, i always thought it was about a disabled person and his wife who helps him around everywhere. Well...i spose this interpretation is a better one hee heeDaryl - Stoke, England
Is a favorite as a staple love song, but Eric Clapton wrote it tongue in cheek while waiting on Patti Boyd Harrison to get ready for a tribute to Buddy Holly they were to attendDeana - Indianapolis, In
This song was not at the end of the movie happy gilmore. It is "tuesday's gone" by the famous sothern rock group lynyrd skynyrd.Greg - Abbeville, Sc
The best version is on the SNL25 live performances album....Astounding!Jack - Raleigh, Nc