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The Song Is Still Never Ending: Delaney Bramlett, R.I.P.

By admin Published: December 30, 2008


Reports have it that Delaney Bramlett has died. Very sad. As the leader of Delaney & Bonnie (with his now ex-wife Bonnie) Bramlett did some superb music, with Eric Clapton and with his own band. I saw the large, loose aggregation known as Delaney & Bonnie & Friends play in the early '70s; there was talk before the show that Clapton or other celebs might show up, but they didn't and it wasn't necessary -- the band was terrific as constituted. Bonnie was an awe-inspiring singer (and did some terrific work for Capricorn Records as a solo artist), and Delaney shaped a wonderful sound -- back-road country, r&b, rock and roll and some jangling hard rock.

Some songs to seek out: the original "Groupie (Superstar)," better known as just "Superstar"; "Miss Ann" (with Little Richard), "Never Ending Song of Love," "That's What My Man Is For" (as Bonnie says at the beginning, a red-light song), "The Love of My Man," "Only You Know and I Know," "Coming Home." Also Eric Clapton's first solo album is an extension of D&B.

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