Rita Coolidge claims that a song she wrote with Jim Gordon, the drummer with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, titled ‘Time (Don’t let the World Get in Our Way)’was used by Eric Clapton to record "Laila".
"We played the song for Eric Clapton when we were in England"· - she says
She played it on piano at Olympic Studios for Clapton while he listened her play it all the way through. Then she left a taped cassette of the demo with Eric, hoping of course, that he might cover it. Nothing came of it and she largely forgot about it.
A year later, Coolidge was doing a photoshoot for her first album when she turned on the radio and heard Layla for the first time.
Coolidge writes that she screamed out: ‘That’s my music! That’s my music!’
Rita Coolidge, whose later hits included ‘Higher and Higher’ and ‘We’re All Alone Now’, tried to approach Clapton’s manager, Robert Stigwood to get a credit but was given the brush off. She claims that he told her: ‘You’re going to go up against Stiggy? The Robert Stigwood Organization? Who do you think you are? You’re a girl singer - what are you going to do?’