Delaine Alvin "Delaney" Bramlett
American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer
was born on July 1st of 1939
Delaney Bramlett's five-decade career
reached peaks in creativity performance and notoriety
in partnership with Bonnie Bramlett
in a revolving troupe of professional musicians
and rock superstars known as "Delaney & Bonnie & Friends"
Delaney was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi
and learned the guitar in his youth...
"I picked up a gi-tar when I was about eight"
Delaney said, his voice a soft Mississippi voice
"Down there jus' about ever'body can play at least three chords.
At least there's somebody in each house.
My mother bought me a gi-tar and this guy R. C. Wetherall taught me the rest.
I was 15 or 16 when I actually got interested in it, rilly got inta it.
But I started earlier. I started singin' in school things,
whatever they'd let me sing in.
I had a quartet when I was 12 years old. I really started fast."
Delaney became a session musician
after a stint in the United States Navy
then moving to Los Angeles, California in the early 1960
established himself as a singer-songwriter
writing with fellow musicians Joey Cooper, Mac Davis,
and Jackie DeShannon
Bonnie Bramlett was an accomplished singer
at an early age
performing with blues guitarist Albert King at age 14
and in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue as the first white Ikette
in a black wig and Man Tan skin darkener
"I always wanted to be a singer," Bonnie says
"I don't remember wanting to be anything other than that."
Bonnie moved to Los Angeles in 1967
and met and married Bramlett later that year
Delaney Bramlett was a regular member
of the "Shindogs"
the house band of the television show Shindig
During this time he worked with J.J. Cale and Leon Russell
British guitarist Eric Clapton
joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on tour
"Delaney & Bonnie and Friends"
whose members at different times included
Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell,
Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, and Eric Clapton
Bramlett produced and co-wrote songs
for Clapton's debut solo album "Eric Clapton"
Clapton has credited Bramlett for pushing him to sing
and teaching him the art of rock vocals
Bramlett produced King Curtis's last album
which produced two hit singles
"Teasin'" and "Lonesome Long Way from Home"
Bramlett taught George Harrison to play slide guitar
which resulted in Harrison's hit "My Sweet Lord"
Bramlett wrote, recorded, or appeared on stage
with many notable performers
including Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Billy Preston, John Lennon, the Everly Brothers, Spooner Oldham, Steve Cropper and Billy Burnette
Members of the Friends appearing in concert
or recording with Bramlett on Friends albums
include Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, King Curtis,
Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge,
Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Keltner,
Bobby Keys, and Gram Parsons
Delaney co-wrote Clapton's hit song "Let It Rain"
Delaney and Bonnie
continued to work in the music business
after their breakup
Bonnie enjoyed success
during the 1970s and early 1980s
as a backing singer with Elvin Bishop, Stephen Stills
and the Allman Brothers Band
In 2002, Bonnie returned to her musical roots
releasing the album I'm Still the Same
In 2006, Bonnie was also a backup vocalist
for the Southern rock artist Shooter Jenningson his album Electric Rodeo
Delaney Bramlett was one of the duet artists
on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Last Man Standing
singing and playing guitar on "Lost Highway"
Bramlett released his final solo album
"A New Kind of Blues"
In 2008, the year of his death
The Bramletts' “Groupie (Superstar)”
and "Never Ending Song of Love"
has been covered and recorded by more than 100 artists
including Rita Coolidge, The Carpenters,
Ray Charles, George Jones and Tammy Wynette
"Never Ending Song of Love"
was used on the soundtrack of the films RV and A Good Year
Delaney and Bonnie's touring act
became a Who’s Who of rock ’n’ rollers
into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame
on January 18, 2011
"There's so much more I can write and say about this incredible man.
There are so many photographs and videos.
Delaney personally gave me a whole new outlook on music
when he came along.
My singing and saxophone playing elevated to a new level.
His music and band style stuck in my mind
and I hold it dear and close to my heart always,
even when I'm on stage performing.
Thank You for the music Delaney Bramlett"
1969: Accept No Substitute [AKA The Original Delaney & Bonnie]
1970: Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour with Eric Clapton
1970: To Bonnie from Delaney
1971: Genesis (early recordings from 1964-1965 and 1967)
1971: Motel Shot
1972: Country Life
1972: D&B Together (reissue of Country Life)
1972: The Best of Delaney & Bonnie
1972: Some Things Coming
1973: Mobius Strip
1975: Giving Birth To A Song
1977: Class Reunion
1990: The Best of Delaney & Bonnie
1998: Sounds From Home
2004: Sweet Inspiration
2007: A New Kind of Blues
1969: Elvin Bishop, Best of Elvin Bishop: "Tulsa Shuffle" - Rhythm guitar, background vocals, producer
1970: The Crickets, Rockin' 50's Rock 'n' Roll - Producer
1970: Elvin Bishop, Best of Elvin Bishop: "Crabshaw" - Producer
1970: Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton - Arranger, rhythm guitar, background vocals, producer
1970: Leon Russell, Leon Russell - Guitar
1970: Dave Mason, Alone Together - Guitar, vocals
1971: John Simon, John Simon's Album - Tambourine
1972: Elvin Bishop, Rock My Soul - Guitar, vocals, producer
1972: John Hammond Jr, I'm Satisfied - Producer, vocals, guitar
1972: Eric Clapton, The History of Eric Clapton - Guitar, vocals
1972: Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton at His Best - Producer
1972: Duane Allman, An Anthology - Rhythm guitar, vocals, producer
1972: Everly Brothers, Stories We Could Tell - Guitar, vocals
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis, Sometimes a Memory Ain't Enough - Guitar, vocals
1973: Pacific Gas & Electric, Best - Producer
1973: John Ussery, Ussery - Percussion, producer, slide guitar
1974: Duane Allman, An Anthology Vol. II - Guitar, vocals
1976: Free Creek, Summit Meeting - Guitar
1978: Commander Cody, Flying Dreams - Vocals
1978: Dann Rogers, Hearts Under Fire - Background vocals
1982: Eric Clapton, Time Pieces: Best of Eric Clapton - Rhythm guitar, producer
1988: Eric Clapton, Crossroads - Guitar, vocals, producer, horn arrangements
1991: Zoo, Shakin' the Cage - Background vocals
1992: Phil Driscoll, Picture Changes - Background vocals
1992: Classic Rock Classic Rock [Cema] - Producer
1996: Heroes of Country Music, Vol. 5 - Vocals, producer
1997: Hank Thompson, Hank, Real Thing - Background vocals, National dobro
1998: Ian Whitcomb, You Turn Me On: The Very Best of Ian Whitcomb - Bass guitar
1998: T. Graham Brown, Wine into Water - Guitar, vocals
1999: Dave Mason, Ultimate Collection - Background vocals
2006: Jerry Lee Lewis, Last Man Standing, "Lost Highway" - Vocals
2006: (performer: "Attention to Me", "Coffee", "I Had to Come Back", "Something's Gotta Be Wrong") / (writer: "Attention to Me", "Coffee", "I Had to Come Back", "Something's Gotta Be Wrong"