Delaney Bramlett

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Delaney Bramlett
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Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett in 1970
Background information
Born (1939-07-01)July 1, 1939
Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States
Died December 27, 2008(2008-12-27) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Blues
Instruments Guitar
Labels Magnolia Gold, Elektra, Atco, Atlantic, Crescendo, Motown, MGM, Columbia, Stax, CBS Various (see 'Discography')

Delaine Alvin "Delaney" Bramlett (July 1, 1939 – December 27, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Bramlett's five-decade career reached peaks in creativity, performance, and notoriety in partnership with his then-wife, Bonnie Bramlett, in a revolving troupe of professional musicians and rock superstars known as Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.


Bramlett was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi. After a stint in the United States Navy, he moved to Los Angeles, California, in the early 1960s, where he established himself as a singer-songwriter, writing with fellow musicians Joey Cooper, Mac Davis, and Jackie DeShannon.[1]

By 1965, 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 and released some unsuccessful solo singles.[citation needed]One of these, "Guess I Must Be Dreamin'", entered the Cashbox "Looking Ahead" survey on May 14, 1967.

In the late 1960s, British guitarist Eric Clapton joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on tour, after which 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.[2] Bramlett produced King Curtis's last album,[3] which produced two hit singles, "Teasin'" and "Lonesome Long Way from Home".

Bramlett taught George Harrison, who was then with the Beatles, to play slide guitar, which led to a gospel jam that resulted in Harrison's hit "My Sweet Lord".[4] Bramlett wrote, recorded, or appeared on stage with many notable performers, including Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix,[5] 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 Clapton, 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.[citation needed]

In 2006, Bramlett was one of the duet artists on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Last Man Standing,[6] singing and playing guitar on "Lost Highway". In 2008, the year of his death, Bramlett released his first CD in six years, A New Kind of Blues.[7]

The Bramletts' "Never Ending Song of Love" has been covered by others and was used on the soundtrack of the films RV and A Good Year.[8] Bramlett co-wrote Clapton's hit song "Let It Rain".[9]

Bramlett was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame on January 18, 2011.[10]


Described in an obituary as a Southern legend,[11] Bramlett died from complications of gall bladder surgery on December 27, 2008, in Los Angeles, California.[1] He was survived by his widow, Susan Lanier-Bramlett; his ex-wife, Bonnie Bramlett; his ex-wife CoCo Carmel, a brother, John Wayne Bramlett; four daughters, Lisa Danielle Bramlett (Anobile), Michele Bramlett, Suzanne Bramlett, and Bekka Bramlett; a stepson, Dylan Thomas; and five grandchildren.


Other credits[edit]

  • 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") [1]


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