Vol IV, Issue 9 – Cocaine (01 May 2019)

For the love of rock

Vol IV, Issue 9 – Cocaine (01 May 2019)



Name of song– Cocaine

Singer – J.J. Cale

Writer– J.J. Cale

Album- Troubadour

Release year-1977

Peak chart positions

# 1 – New Zealand Charts

# 2 – Switzerland

# 5 – Austria

# 10 – Sweden

# 22 – German chart

# 45 – Australia


J.J. Cale (John Weldon J.J. Cale) might be an unfamiliar name for many, but ‘not so impressive’ rock star was indeed an impressive star for many rock stars, including Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler among others. It would be a surprise for many that he had originally written the hits – “Cocaine” and “After midnight” for Eric Clapton. If the stars were valued by the number of people who were impressed by their songs rather than the chart success and fortune, then Cale would perhaps top the list amongst few others. Born and raised in Oklohama, USA, he had learned to play guitar at an early age and had joined Air Force where he mastered his technical skills of sound, ultimately building his own recording studio. He started his career as a studio engineer, finally starting to make his own albums. Undoubtedly, Cale deliberately avoided the limelight, but he has been considered as one of the most important figures in the history of rock music.

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Vol III, Issue 13 – Layla (01 July 2018)

For the love of rock

Vol III, Issue 13 – Layla (01 July 2018)


Name of song– Layla

Singer- Eric Clapton

Band – Derek and The Dominos

Album- Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

Writers– Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon

Release year– 1970

Similar Artists- Cream, The Allman Brothers Band, Ten Years After, Free

Peak chart positions

# 1 – Puerto Rican Singles Chart (1972)

# 2 – New Zealand Singles Chart (1972)

# 3 – Polish Singles Chart (1971)

# 4 – UK Singles Chart (1982)

# 4 – Irish Singles Chart (1982)

# 7 – UK Singles Chart (1972)

# 8 – Japanese Singles Chart (1971)

# 9 – Netherlands 40 Singles Chart (1971)

# 9 – Canadian RPM Singles Chart (1972)

# 10 – Irish Singles Chart (1972)

# 10 – Polish Singles Chart (1982)

# 10 – US Billboard Hot 100 (1972)

Special mention

#27 – Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time


Reviewers- Bikash Shrestha/Nirab Kayastha

“Derek and The Dominos” may be a surprise name for many rock enthusiasts, but it would be even more surprising to know that the band was Eric Clapton’s brain child. The band was created in 1970 out of frustration of dissolution of super-groups “Cream” and “Blind Faith” by Eric Clapton. He needed a break and approached his old friends from “Delaney & Bonnie and Friends” and together with Bobby Whitlock (Keyboards, vocals, guitar), Carl Radle (Bass, percussion) and Jim Gordon (Drums, piano), “Derek and The Dominos” surfaced. The rumor has it that the band was actually named “Eric & The Dynamos,” however, during their first concert, it was mispronounced by the announcer as “Derek and The Dominos” and Clapton stuck to it, as he wanted the band image to it, rather than his superstardom. The band has an amazing history that they produced only one album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” which is considered as one of the most significant rock albums of all time. Perhaps there is no other band which reached the height of popularity of “Derek and The Dominos” with only one album!

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