Ten Notable Albums Recorded in South Florida
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs -- Derek and the Dominos
The sole studio offering from Eric Clapton's "new band," all of whom the guitarist had whisked away from the ad hoc combo Bonnie and Delaney and Friends, it set such a high bar, the group never attempted a follow-up.
While Clapton is credited for steering the group through its paces, in truth, it was a collaborative effort, one that featured not only the input of the other Dominos -- keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Whitlock, drummer Jim Gordon, and bassist Carl Radle -- but also shared the spotlight with guest guitarist Duane Allman.
Produced by the legendary Tom Dowd, it boasted a title tune that would become an indelible part of Clapton's canon. Ironically, Clapton opted to use the Derek nom de plume, so as not to let his celebrity detract from the group's unified image. Released at the tail end of 1970, the album made its way into the top twenty, but also charted again repeatedly over the ensuing years, in 1972, 1974, and in 1977. Expanded with bonus tracks, it also belatedly entered the charts in the U.K, in 2011, peaking at a modest number 68.
Eat a Peach -- The Allman Brothers
Released in February 1972, Eat a Peach helped solidify the Allman Brothers' steadily growing reputation which had already accelerated rapidly with their live double album At the Fillmore the year before. Sadly, it was the last album to feature founder Duane Allman, who died in a motorcycle accident during the record's recording. Consequently, Duane's contributions were limited to only three songs.
Still, Allman is given credit for the album's obtuse title. Asked in an interview what he was doing to further the cause of the youthful rebellion that was raging at the time, he replied. "There ain't no revolution, it's evolution, but every time I'm in Georgia I eat a peach for peace." The original title was intended to be "The Kind We Grow in Dixie," but given the band's dissatisfaction for the name and the fact that a peach was always intended to appear on the cover, it was retitled accordingly.