Delaney Bramlett, RIP

Delaney, Bonnie and Duane

The dude taught George Harrsion how to play slide guitar, wrote the song “Superstar”–made famous by the Carpenters (and later covered by Sonic Youth) — and created some of the warmest “Sunday mornin’ comin’ down”-music with his then-wife Bonnie Bramley and a chorus of pals that included Rita Coolidge, Gram Parsons and Duane and Greg Allman. Delaney died in Los Angeles on December 27. Here’s the New York Times obituary. And here’s a Delaney mixtape tribute from our pal Jody over at When You Awake.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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