Sunday, December 28, 2008

Delaney Bramlett of 'Delaney And Bonnie' Dead At 69

Delaney Bramlett, a friend and fellow musician with greats such as Eric Clapton and George Harrison, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 69.

Bramlett died Saturday shortly before 5 a.m. at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of complications from gall-bladder surgery, his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett said.

Born in Mississippi, Bramlett enjoyed a career in the music business that spanned 50 years.
As a songwriter, he co-wrote the classic ‘Superstar’ with Leon Russell. Russell, as well as Joe Cocker and The Carpenters recorded the song as did Usher more recently.

He also co-wrote ‘Let It Rain’ with Eric Clapton. That song went on to become a Clapton standard.

Delaney produced Clapton’s first solo album. Clapton then joined him on tour with his wife Bonnie Bramlett for the Delaney, Bonnie and Friends tour. The concert was captured and released by Atlantic Records in the early 70s. Clapton has stated that Delaney Bramlett "taught me everything I know about singing". Delaney has also been cited as the person who taught George Harrison how to play slide guitar.

With Bonnie, Delaney had the hit song ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ and daughter Bekka, who at one stage was in Fleetwood Mac.

"Never Ending Song Of Love" was recorded by more than 100 artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and Dwight Yoakam.

The career of Delaney Bramlett teamed him over the years with rock’s greatest. He has performed, co-wrote or recorded with John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Steve Cropper, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and Joe Cocker. He also produced artists including Etta James and Elvin Bishop.

Delaney’s most recent album ‘A New Kind of Blues' on independent label Magnolia Gold Records was released earlier this year.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters: Michele Bramlett, Suzanne Bramlett and Bekka Bramlett-Britt, a son Dylan Thomas, and a brother John Bramlett. Services are pending.

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