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DBDelaney Bramlett

Born: July 1, 1939, Pontotoc, Mississippi

Died: December 27, 2008, Los Angeles

Age: 69

Cause of death:  Complications following Gall Blader surgery

Notable Because: His first guitar player was JJ Cale. He co wrote 'Superstar' and he taught George Harrison how to play slide.


Delaney Bramlett was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Bramlett was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi.

After a stint in the United States Navy, Bramlett moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1960s. There he established himsDelaney_Bramlettelf as a singer-songwriter, writing with fellow musicians Joey Cooper, Mac Davis and Jackie DeShannon. Bramlett also became a regular on the 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. Bramlett's career spanned four decades.

Over the years, some of his songs have reached "standard" status such as "Superstar", which he co-wrote with Leon Russell and his first wife, 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; and "Never Ending Song of Love" (which is on the soundtrack of RV and A Good Year.) In addition, Delaney co-wrote "Let It Rain", which was recorded by Eric Clapton.

Eric Clapton joined Delaney, Bonnie & Friends on tour in the early 1970s, 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".

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 and Billy Burnette.

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, the year of his death, Bramlett released his first CD in six years, A New Kind of Blues. on his own label, Magnolia Gold Records.DelaneyBramlett-ANewKindOfBlues-200.jpg image by pauldoyle

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, a singer; and his two grandchildren.


Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on Tour with Eric Clapton

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Sounds from Home

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Editorial Review: For the uninitiated, Delaney Bramlett is a man who has played with everyone, or more precisely, everyone has played with him. Various Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, JJ Cale and Little Richard are just a few of the musicians he shared the stage or studio with in the '60s and '70s. Delaney's friends formed the nucleus of Lennon's Plastic Ono band, Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs, and Eric Clapton's Derek & The Dominos.


Some Things Coming

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Sweet Inspiration

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Editorial Review: Delaney has been rocking since the great Bonnie and Delaney album, Shin Dig, The Champs, this guy is the best,he has performed with everyone worth a mention.On this CD hear the best combo of writers ever joined. On the song "Let it Rain" as Eric Clapton and Delaney smoke out a version of this song needing to be heard. Give it a listen and do yourself a soulful rockin' favor.


Something's Coming/Mobius Strip

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Editorial Review: 2007 CD two-fer featuring a double dose of Delaney on one disc! Formerly of the much-loved duo Delaney & Bonnie, Something Is Coming was Delaney Bramlett's first solo album, released, in 1972 featuring Gloria Jones, the future Mrs. Marc Bolan, on backing vocals. Mobius Strip followed in 1973, a far stronger album that features the stand out track "Are You A Beatle Or A Rolling Stone'. Evangeline.


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