|Single by Eric Clapton|
|from the album Slowhand|
|"Peaches and Diesel"|
|Eric Clapton singles chronology|
"Wonderful Tonight" is a ballad written by Eric Clapton. It was included on Clapton's 1977 album Slowhand. Clapton wrote the song about Pattie Boyd. The female vocal harmonies on the song are provided by Marcella Detroit (then Marcy Levy) and Yvonne Elliman.
On 7 September 1976, Clapton wrote "Wonderful Tonight" for Boyd while waiting for her to get ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney's annual Buddy Holly party. Of "Wonderful Tonight", Boyd would say: "For years it tore at me. To have inspired Eric, and George before him, to write such music was so flattering. 'Wonderful Tonight' was the most poignant reminder of all that was good in our relationship, and when things went wrong it was torture to hear it." The song is mentioned in her autobiographical book Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.
Eric Clapton - lead vocals, guitar
In 1988, Clapton appeared in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert as a guest guitarist for Dire Straits. The group became his backing musicians for a surprise performance of "Wonderful Tonight" during their set. The song was featured in the film Captain Phillips and in the Friends season 6 episode "The One With the Proposal Part 2" (18 May 2000) where Monica and Chandler dance to it at the end of the episode after getting engaged. The song was also featured on Ricky Gervais's radio show, where producer Karl Pilkington argued that the lyrics suggested that it came from the point of view of a disabled man in a wheelchair. Both Gervais and co-host Stephen Merchant dismissed Pilkington's claims as conjecture. Clapton performed an extended version of "Wonderful Tonight" between 1987 and 2003, featuring Katie Kissoon and Tracy Ackerman on backing vocals and David Sancious on saxophone. Clapton and Steve Winwood performed an acoustic version of the song during their 2011 tour in Japan.
|Chile (IFPI Chile)||2× Platinum||30,000*|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||2× Platinum||16,000^|
|Greece (IFPI Greece)||2× Platinum||40,000^|
|Iceland (IFPI Iceland)||2× Platinum||12,000*|
|Macao (IFPI Macao)||Gold||15,000*|
|Portugal (AFP)||2× Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||250,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|Single by Damage|
|from the album Forever|
|Released||28 April 1997|
|Format||CD single, cassette|
|Label||Big Life Records|
|Damage singles chronology|
"Wonderful Tonight" was covered by British R&B/pop group Damage in 1997, and was released as the fifth single from the band's debut studio album, Forever. The single peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's most successful single to date, also peaking high in several other territories, which was a first for the band. The song is prominently performed by Richards, with little vocal input from any other members of the band. The music video features the band performing the song in a recording studio with cut scenes of a girl preparing to go on a night out. The B-side, "I'm Ready", launched the career of Craig David, being the first song he had ever written to be released by himself or another artist.
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||26|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||34|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||12|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||3|
|Single by David Kersh|
|from the album If I Never Stop Loving You|
|Released||14 March 1998|
|David Kersh singles chronology|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||45|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||29|
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'Wonderful Tonight' spent 17 weeks on the national french singles chart and peaked at number three. It was requested to be certified silver. The certification was awarded on the last week, 'Wonderful Tonight' charted in France.