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Delaney Bramlett

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Gender Female
Death14 years ago
Date of birth July 1,1939
Zodiac sign Cancer
Born Pontotoc
United States
Date of died December 27,2008
DiedLos Angeles
United States
AlbumsD&B Together
A New Kind of Blues
Children Bekka Bramlett
Michelle Bramlett
Suzanne Bramlett
Dylan Thomas
Music groups Delaney & Bonnie
Plastic Ono Band
The Champs
Job Actor
Record producer
Movies/Shows The Still Life
Catch My Soul
Vanishing Point
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Spouse Susan Lanier
Bonnie Bramlett
Songs 1969
ListGive Peace a ChanceShaved Fish · 1975
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Date of Upd.
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Delaney Bramlett Life story

Delaine Alvin "Delaney" Bramlett was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Bramlett is best known for his musical partnership with his then-wife Bonnie Bramlett in the band Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, which included a wide variety of other musicians, many of whom were successful in other contexts.

Delaine Alvin "Delaney" Bramlett (July 1, 1939 – December 27, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Bramlett is best known for his musical partnership with his then-wife Bonnie Bramlett in the band Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, which included a wide variety of other musicians, many of whom were successful in other contexts.

Early life

Bramlett was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi. He began playing guitar when he was eight years old, but didn't get serious about the instrument until he was a teenager. He started singing in school and at twelve he had a quartet. Bramlett joined the United States Navy before he was 17, serving for two and half to three years. He took boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, spending over half his hitch there.After his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, where he worked as a bartender before he started performing in clubs.


Bramlett was performing at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood when he was asked to appear in a pilot for a new television show, Shindig!. By 1965, Bramlett was a regular member of the Shindogs, the show's house band. He collaborated as a songwriter with fellow musicians Joey Cooper, Mac Davis, and Jackie DeShannon. During this time, he worked with J.J. Cale and Leon Russell and released some unsuccessful solo singles. Bramlett was the first artist signed to Independence Records, headed by Phil Skaff. His debut single "Guess I Must be Dreamin" was produced by Russell, entering the Cashbox "Looking Ahead" survey on May 14, 1967.In the late 1960s British guitar icon Eric Clapton joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on tour, after which Bramlett produced and co-wrote songs for Clapton's debut solo album, Eric Clapton. Clapton has credited Bramlett for pushing him to sing and teaching him the art of rock vocals. Bramlett produced King Curtis's last album, which produced two hit singles, "Teasin'" and "Lonesome Long Way from Home".

Bramlett taught then -Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison to play slide guitar, prominently featured 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, Billy Preston, John Lennon, the Everly Brothers, Duane Allman, Spooner Oldham, Steve Cropper, and Billy Burnette.

Members of the Friends appearing in concert or recording with Bramlett on Friends albums include Clapton, Harrison, Leon Russell, Curtis, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Keltner, Bobby Keys, and Gram Parsons.

Their album Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour With Eric Clapton (1970) reached No. 29 on the Billboard 200. Between 1970 and 1972, the duo had seven songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including their best-known single, the poignant "Never Ending Song of Love", which peaked at No. 13 and a cover of Dave Mason's "Only You Know and I Know", which peaked at No. 20. Delaney & Bonnie ended their professional and personal relationship in 1972.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". In 2008, Bramlett released his first CD in six years, A New Kind of Blues. He died later that year.

Personal life

Bramlett was married to Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell. The couple had a daughter Bekka Bramlett, who was briefly a member of Fleetwood Mac in the mid 1990s and has had a long career as a vocalist, backing various country and pop artists and releasing several solo albums. Their marriage was marred by violence due to their cocaine addictions. They divorced in 1972, ending their musical partnership as well.Bramlett married Kim Carmel Bramlett in 1992. They were together for 13 years, the longest relationship of Delaney's by far. Kim, a versatile musician/singer as well as chief engineer at the studio, recorded the last several albums during the period of 1989-2000. They divorced in 2001.

Bramlett died from complications of gallbladder surgery at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles on December 27, 2008. Surviving were his widow of just three years, Susan Lanier-Bramlett, a brother, John Wayne Bramlett, three daughters, Michele Bramlett, Suzanne Bramlett, & Bekka Bramlett, and two grandchildren. He was buried at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Described in an obituary as a "Southern Legend", Bramlett's song "Never Ending Song of Love" has been covered by others and was used on the soundtrack of the films RV and A Good Year. Bramlett co-wrote Clapton's hit song "Let It Rain".Bramlett was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame on January 18, 2011.


Delaney & Bonnie

1969: Home (Stax STS-2026)

1969: Accept No Substitute [AKA The Original Delaney & Bonnie] (Elektra EKS-74039)

1970: Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour with Eric Clapton (Atco SD 33-326)

1970: To Bonnie from Delaney (Atco SD 33-341)

1971: Genesis (early recordings from 1964 to 1965 and 1967) (GNP Crescendo GNPS-2054)

1971: Motel Shot (Atco SD 33-358)

1972: Country Life (Atco SD 33-383)

1972: D&B Together (Columbia KC-31377) -note: reissue of Country Life.

1972: The Best of Delaney & Bonnie (Atco SD-7014)

1990: The Best of Delaney & Bonnie (Rhino R2-70777)


1972: Some Things Coming (Columbia KC-31631)

1973: Mobius Strip (Columbia KC-32420)

1975: Giving Birth to a Song (MGM SE-5011)

1977: Class Reunion (Prodigal P6-10017-S1)

1998: Sounds From Home (Zane ZN-1013)

2004: Sweet Inspiration (rec. 1989) (Lemon LEM-36)

2007: A New Kind of Blues (Magnolia Gold MGR-7181)

Other credits

1969: Elvin Bishop, Best of Elvin Bishop: "Tulsa Shuffle" – Rhythm guitar, background vocals, producer

1970: The Crickets, Rockin' 50's Rock 'n' Roll – Producer

1970: Elvin Bishop, Best of Elvin Bishop: "Crabshaw" – Producer

1970: Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton – Arranger, rhythm guitar, background vocals, producer

1970: Leon Russell, Leon Russell – Guitar

1970: Dave Mason, Alone Together – Guitar, vocals

1971: John Simon, John Simon's Album – Tambourine

1972: Elvin Bishop, Rock My Soul – Guitar, vocals, producer

1972: John Hammond Jr, I'm Satisfied – Producer, vocals, guitar

1972: Eric Clapton, The History of Eric Clapton – Guitar, vocals

1972: Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton at His Best – Producer

1972: Duane Allman, An Anthology – Rhythm guitar, vocals, producer

1972: Everly Brothers, Stories We Could Tell – Guitar, vocals

1973: Jerry Lee Lewis, Sometimes a Memory Ain't Enough – Guitar, vocals

1973: Pacific Gas & Electric, Best – Producer

1973: John Ussery, Ussery – Percussion, producer, slide guitar

1973: Jerry Lee Lewis, The Session...Recorded in London - Bottleneck guitar

1974: Duane Allman, An Anthology Vol. II – Guitar, vocals

1976: Free Creek, Summit Meeting – Guitar

1978: Commander Cody, Flying Dreams – Vocals

1978: Dann Rogers, Hearts Under Fire – Background vocals

1982: Eric Clapton, Time Pieces: Best of Eric Clapton – Rhythm guitar, producer

1988: Eric Clapton, Crossroads – Guitar, vocals, producer, horn arrangements

1991: Zoo, Shakin' the Cage – Background vocals

1992: Phil Driscoll, Picture Changes – Background vocals

1992: Classic Rock Classic Rock [Cema] – Producer

1996: Heroes of Country Music, Vol. 5 – Vocals, producer

1997: Hank Thompson, Hank, Real Thing – Background vocals, National dobro

1998: Ian Whitcomb, You Turn Me On: The Very Best of Ian Whitcomb – Bass guitar

1998: T. Graham Brown, Wine into Water – Guitar, vocals

1999: Dave Mason, Ultimate Collection – Background vocals

2006: Jerry Lee Lewis, Last Man Standing, "Lost Highway" – Vocals

2006: (performer: "Attention to Me", "Coffee", "I Had to Come Back", "Something's Gotta Be Wrong") / (writer: "Attention to Me", "Coffee", "I Had to Come Back", "Something's Gotta Be Wrong") [1]


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