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.The many successes of Delaney Bramlett make for a long story. He was a musician’s musician, admired by the cream of rock at the centre of the birth of the music industry.
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.
With Bonnie, Delaney had the hit song ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ and the hit daughter Bekka, who at one stage was in Fleetwood Mac.
The career of Delaney Bramlett teamed him over the years with rock’s greatest. He has performed with John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Steve Cropper, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker.
Delaney’s most recent album ‘ A New Kind of Blues’ was released earlier this year.