RIP – Delaney Bramlett


December 30, 2008 by billie789

Just caught this a few minutes ago. This man is a best-unknown in lots of ways. Like we’ll never know the true influence he had on people like Eric Clapton, his friend Jimi Henrix and countless others in the day. This bio is courtesy, complete with indelible links:

Delaney Bramlett was born on July 1, 1939, in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. His mother taught him the guitar, and he moved out to Los Angeles in 1959 where he became a session musician, later joining Shindogs, the house band for the ABC-TV series Shindig! (1964-66), which also featured guitarist/keyboardist Leon Russell.

Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell of Alton, Illinois, an accomplished singer who had performed with blues guitarist Albert King at age 14 and in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue at 15, moved to Los Angeles in 1967, and met and married Delaney later that year.

Delaney soon formed a band of solid, transient, musicians to back he and Bonnie. The band became known as “Delaney & Bonnie and Friends” due to its regular changes of personnel. They secured a recording contract with Stax Records, and released their first album, Home, on Stax in early 1969. The album flopped, likely due to a serious lack of promotion for this white act on a decidedly black record label.

Delaney and Bonnie went on to record several more succesful albums, and on a tour opening for Blind Faith, they caught the ear of Eric Clapton, who asked to join the band.

They soon recorded a live album, On Tour with Eric Clapton (Atco; recorded in the UK December 7, 1969, released March 1970). This album would be the most successful of Delaney and Bonnie’s career, reaching #29 on the Billboard album charts. Clapton also recruited Delaney and Bonnie and their band to back him on his debut solo album, recorded in late 1969/early 1970 and produced by Delaney.

By 1971, Delaney and Bonnie’s relationship began to show signs of strain. Their next album was rejected by Atco, who decided to sell Delaney and Bonnie’s recording contract – including the new album’s master tapes – to CBS as a result. Columbia/CBS released this album, as D&B Together in March 1972. It would be their last album of new material, and the couple divorced in 1973.

Delaney continued onward as a solo act. His most recent appearances on record include the solo album Sweet Inspiration (2003) and Jerry Lee Lewis’s Last Man Standing (2006). In 2008 he released an all-blues outting called A New Kind of Blues.


One thought on “RIP – Delaney Bramlett

  1. Da Goddess says:

    I tried to comment on this when it all came out, but I was having internet issues.

    Friend of mine was close to Delaney and his family and passed word on to me. Really a shame when you think of all the great talent bundled up in one person and suddenly it’s just gone. And of course, all the people who loved him (love anyone, really) and they’re left with a big hole where this person should be.

    Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t write when I’m in one of “those” moods.

    Anyhow, what I meant to say is:

    Delaney Bramlett will be missed.

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