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Delaney Bramlett (1 July 1939 – 27 December 2008) was an Americanmarker singer, songwriter, musician, and producer.

Bramlett was born in Pontotocmarker, Mississippimarker.

Career

After a stint in the United States Navy, he moved to Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker in the 1960s. There he established himself as a singer-songwriter, writing with fellow musicians Joey Cooper, Mac Davis and Jackie DeShannon. Bramlett also became a regular on the US television show Shindig! as a member of the show's house band, the Shindogs. During this time, he also worked with J.J. Cale, who was his first guitar player, and Leon Russell and released some unsuccessful solo singles.

Delaney Bramlett's musical history spans four decades. He shared the stage with many other musicians, including Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Leon Russell, and George Harrison.

Over the years, some of his songs have reached "standard" status such as "Superstar", which he co-wrote with Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett. It was recorded in 2006 by Usher, and in the past by Luther Vandross, The Carpenters, Sonic Youth (this version was on the #1 Billboard soundtrack from the movie Juno) and many others); "Let It Rain" written with and recorded most notably by Eric Clapton; and "Never Ending Song of Love" (which is on the soundtrack of RV and A Good Year) and recorded by over 100 artists including Ray Charles, and a duet recording by Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam.

Eric Clapton joined Delaney, Bonnie & Friends on tour in the early '70s, after which Delaney produced and co-wrote songs for Clapton's debut solo album, Eric Clapton. Clapton still credits Delaney for pushing him to sing and teaching him the art. Bramlett produced King Curtis' last LP, which had two hit singles: "Teasin'" and "Lonesome Long Way from Home". He produced an assortment of artists, such as Etta James, Elvin Bishop, John Hammond, Dorothy Morrison (of "Oh Happy Day" fame), and The Staple Singers.

George Harrison had his first slide bottle placed in his hand by Bramlett, who taught Harrison how to play slide guitar, which led into a gospel jam that 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, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, John Lennon, The Everly Brothers, Spooner Oldham, Steve Cropper, Billy Burnette, Mac Davis, Dennis Morgan, and his own daughter, Bekka Bramlett. In 2006 Bramlett was one of the duet artists on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Last Man Standing, singing and playing guitar on "Lost Highway".

Producer Jerry Wexler, the founder of Atlantic Records, says some of the best music he ever heard was played by Duane Allman and Bramlett on deck of his home in Long Island, New York. The two musicians remained friends until Allman's death in 1971.

In 2008 Bramlett released his first CD in six years, A New Kind of Blues. on his own label, Magnolia Gold Records.

Death

On December 27, 2008 at 4:55 a.m., Bramlett died from complications of gall bladder surgery. He was survived by his widow, Susan Lanier-Bramlett; three daughters, Suzanne, Michele, and Bekka Bramlett; and a son, Dylan Thomas.

Discography

  • 1969 Accept No Substitute (Elektra)
  • 1969 Home (Stax)
  • 1970 Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on Tour (WEA / Atlantic)
  • 1970 To Bonnie from Delaney (Atco)
  • 1971 Motel Shot (Atco)
  • 1971 Genesis (GNP/Crescendo)
  • 1972 Somethings Coming (Columbia)
  • 1972 Country Life (Atco)
  • 1972 D&B Together (CBS)
  • 1973 Best of Delaney Bramlett (Atlantic)
  • 1973 Mobius Strip (CBS)
  • 1975 Giving Birth to a Song (MGM)
  • 1977 Class Reunion (Prodigal)
  • 1978 Delaney Bramlett with Steve Cropper (Motown)
  • 1990 Best of Delaney & Bonnie (Rhino)
  • 1998 Sounds From Home (DK/Zane)
  • 2002 Sweet Inspiration (Dreamsville Records)
  • 2008 A New Kind of Blues (Magnolia Gold)


References

  1. Delaney Bramlett: The Death of a Southern Legend, swampland.com, 27 December 2008.
  2. Allmusic biography
  3. "'LET IT RAIN' CO-WRITER DELANEY BRAMLETT DEAD AT 69", The Quake 102.1 website, 29 December 2008.
  4. BMI.com Search result output
  5. Ward, Ed. Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton (review) at Rolling Stone, 3 September 1970.
  6. Indie Ezine - Delaney Bramlett
  7. A1 Artist Spotlight.com
  8. CD Universe Sorry
  9. PBS 106.7FM - Real Radio - Jerry Lee Lewis - Last Man Standing: The Duets
  10. CD Baby: DELANEY BRAMLETT: "A New Kind Of Blues"
  11. Obituary: Delaney Bramlett; songwriter who wrote 'Let It Rain', Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2008.
  12. Allmusic discography


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