Published Dec 29, 2008Famed rock'n'roll man Delaney Bramlett - a friend and musical collaborator of rock icons such as George Harrison and Eric Clapton - passed away in Los Angeles this weekend following complications from gallbladder surgery. He was 69.
The singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer died on Saturday (December 27) after "seven hard months" of ill heath, his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett said in a statement.
"I held him and he held on up until the last breath, with which he went in peace to the light and on into eternity," she said.
The Mississippi native first made his mark on the rock'n'roll landscape in the late '60s as part of Delaney and Bonnie, a rock/soul revue composed of Bramlett and former wife Bonnie Bramlett. In their time, the group performed alongside such rock legends as John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker.
Delaney and Bonnie also collaborated with Clapton on stage and on record several times in their career, mostly notably on the duo's 1970 album, On Tour With Eric Clapton. Bramlett eventually went on to produce Clapton's self-titled solo debut and co-wrote the classic rock track "Let It Rain." Clapton once even claimed that Bramlett was the person who gave him the confidence to sing.
In Bramlett's career he was also viewed as the musician responsible for teaching Harrison how to play the slide guitar and how to write a gospel tune, which reportedly led to the recording of the former Beatle's hit single "My Sweet Lord."
Among Bramlett's various songwriting credits, he wrote "Never Ending Song of Love," which was recorded by artists such as Ray Charles, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, as well he co-wrote "Superstar" with Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell. "Superstar" was later brought to fame by way of the Carpenters and Sonic Youth, both of whom covered the track.
Bramlett's most recent record, A New Kind of Blues, was released in November 2007.
Sonic Youth "Superstar"