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, well documented wife beater, 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 dubbed Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.


Born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, Bramlett moved to Los Angeles, California in the early 1960s after a stint in the United States Navy, 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 Delaney 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' last LP,[3] which had two hit singles: "Teasin'" and "Lonesome Long Way from Home".

Bramlett taught then Beatle George Harrison to play slide guitar, which led into 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, 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.[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 Bramlett's "Never Ending Song of Love" has been covered by others, and appears on the soundtrack of RV and A Good Year.[8] Bramlett co-wrote the Eric Clapton hit, "Let It Rain".[9]

On January 18, 2011, Bramlett was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.[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] Delaney was survived by his widow, Susan Lanier-Bramlett, a brother, John Wayne Bramlett, four daughters, Lisa Danielle Bramlett (Anobile), Michele Bramlett, Suzanne Bramlett, Bekka Bramlett, a stepson, Dylan Thomas, and five grandchildren.


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