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Published: 2008/12/30

Delaney Bramlett 1939-2008

Delaney Bramlett passed away over the weekend in Los Angeles due to complications from gallbladder surgery. Bramlett had a long musician career which was entwined with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, George Harrison and other notable musicians. In the late 60s after he served as house guitarist for the TV show Shindig, Bramlett formed Delaney & Bonnie & Friends with his wife Bonnie sharing lead vocals. That group served as the opening act on Blind Faith’s 1969 American tour, where the Bramletts soon fostered a relationship with Blind Faith guitarist Eric Clapton, who began riding on their tour bus (to the consternation of his bandmate Steve Winwood). Eventually Clapton joined Delaney & Bonnie on the road, with George Harrison guesting on some European dates. Soon after that, Clapton tapped the core of the band to back him in his Derek and the Dominos. While Bramlett didn’t tour with that quartet, he did co-author ‘Let It Rain’ with Clapton which became one of the group’s standout live numbers. Delaney & Bonnie recorded together from 1969 through 1973, with Duane Allman contributing to their 1970 disc To Bonnie From Delaney and its 1971 follow-up Motel Shot. The group also appeared as evangelical artists in the cult-classic film Vanishing Point. Delaney and Bonnie separated personally and professionally in 1973, after which Delaney continued to produce other artists, such as Etta James, Elvin Bishop and John Hammond, while also recording solo discs (most recently, last year’s A New Kind of Blues). In addition to ‘Let It Rain’ Bramlett’s best-known compositions are ‘Superstar’ and ‘Never Ending Song of Love.’ In a statement, his former wife noted, ‘Im so going to miss him; as Delaney wrote in his song: Its hard to say good-bye. All I can hope is that Ill see him in the light.

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