Featured in Episode
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
51 (April 30, 1971, two weeks)
10 (August 5, 1972, one week)
Year Released
1971 & 1972
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Eric Clapton & Jim Gordon
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
Playing on boat
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"Layla" is a song performed by Derek & The Dominos, recorded on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs in 1971. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Line of Fire".


  • While the song is technically performed by Derek & The Dominos, many people erroneously credit it to Eric Clapton as a solo act (a mistake that Crockett makes himself in the show).
  • "Layla" has the dubious honor of being the shortest song heard in the entire series, with barely 5 seconds of it played before Joey Hardin turns it off, somewhat understating "OK, so he's good..."
  • The song has been released three times; twice by Derek & The Dominos (originally in 1971 and then again in 1972 after the release of Clapton's Eric Clapton at His Best compilation), and again by Eric Clapton in an acoustic rendition in 1992, taken from his Unplugged album. The 1972 release reached the Billboard Top 10, the highest of any release.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it is actually Duane Allman who plays the slide guitar solo on the song, and not Clapton.
  • "Layla" was written about Clapton's love for George Harrison's then-wife Pattie Boyd. Clapton and Boyd eventually married in 1979, two years after her divorce from Harrison, but they divorced in 1988 (after he had two children, including his son Conor, with two different women) in the midst of Clapton's infidelity. Conor's death in 1991 was the inspiration for Clapton's moving "Tears From Heaven", also featured on the Unplugged album.
  • In 1989 Phil Collins and Eric Clapton would get together to write and record the song "I Wish It Would Rain Down", which was a major hit in the US and UK in early 1990. Phil Collins' music had been featured various times throughout Miami Vice. Collins also played drums, sang backing vocals and co-wrote several of the songs on Clapton's enormously successful 1986 album August.

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