Delaney Bramlett has died…
This is horrible news indeed. Dark Black let me know this morning. He has some of Delaney’s best up in video form. For those of you unfamiliar with this wonderful man and his talent, from the LA Times:
Delaney Bramlett, 69, a singer, songwriter and producer who penned classic rock songs such as “Let It Rain” and worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, died Saturday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of complications from gallbladder surgery, his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett said.
Born in Mississippi in 1939, Bramlett came to Los Angeles in the 1960s and played guitar in the house band for the TV pop show “Shindig.”
With his then-wife Bonnie Lynn he formed the short-lived Southern blues-rock band Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The band toured as the opening act for Blind Faith, the supergroup that featured British guitarist Clapton.
After Bramlett and his first wife divorced in the early ’70s, they parted professionally as well, and he faded from the spotlight.
During his career, Bramlett performed, co-wrote or recorded with stars such as Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, J.J. Cale, the Everly Brothers and Mac Davis. He also produced artists including Etta James and Elvin Bishop.
He is perhaps best known for standards such as “Superstar,” co-written with Leon Russell, which has been recorded by many artists, most recently by Sonic Youth in a version featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the movie “Juno.”
Bramlett also co-wrote “Let It Rain” with Clapton, who also recorded it, and “Never Ending Song of Love,” which was recorded by more than 100 artists including Ray Charles, George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
Bramlett recently released an album, “A New Kind of Blues,” on independent label Magnolia Gold Records.
I love his music, he gave us a lot of beautiful tunes. He will be missed by many, including me. He was a white boy that really could play and write the blues. Rest in peace Delaney, and enjoy your friends that passed before you and are awaiting your arrival in heaven.
Let It Rain, which he co-authored with Clapton, is in the video on Delaney below. Very appropriate for today’s sad news.