The graffiti was supposed to say, "Clapton is good."
"He's very talented!"
I wouldn't necessarily list Clapton as one of my favorites (he's definitely one of my dad's favorites, so I grew up with a lot of enthusiasm around him), but that Derek and the Dominoes record is definitely in my top ten. Even though I'd heard Layla one too many times by the time I listened to the whole record, hearing it in context made me experience it differently. Aren't albums fun?
Speaking of the "Great British Guitar Triumverate* (*Some Exclusions Apply)," does everyone know the story about the version of "You Shook Me" on the first Zeppelin album? Page produced essentially the same arrangement for Jeff Beck, then turned around and redid it with Zeppelin without saying anything to Beck first. Page must have been a hard guy to be friends with, at least during that era.
Also, I know he was doing the backstroke through a sea of heroin at the time and Plant and Jones were basically left to their own devices to write the album, but Page's solo on "Hot Dog" from In Through the Out Door is one of the worst guitar solos I've ever heard. It doesn't even sound like a first take, it sounds like a joke take he played because he knew they were just getting levels, and then he just said "good enough." Man, when that band was on, though...