A Tip Of My Hat To Delaney Bramlett

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 Bramlett

 

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

 

Delaney Bramlett

was inducted

into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame

on January 18, 2011

 

In Closing

"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"

Bobby Corcione

 

Discography

  • 1969: Home

  • 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

     

    Other Credits

  • 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[13]

  • 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"   

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