Delaney Bramlett, 69, a singer, songwriter and producer who penned classic rock songs such as "Let It Rain" and worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, died Saturday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of complications from gallbladder surgery, his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett said.
Born in Mississippi in 1939, Bramlett came to Los Angeles in the 1960s and played guitar in the house band for the TV pop show "Shindig."
With his then-wife Bonnie Lynn he formed the short-lived Southern blues-rock band Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The band toured as the opening act for Blind Faith, the supergroup that featured British guitarist Clapton.
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Bramlett obituary: The obituary of songwriter Delaney Bramlett in Sunday's California section said that the song "Superstar" was most recently recorded by Sonic Youth. That version of the song was included in a 1994 tribute album to the Carpenters and was not the most recent recording of the composition. —
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Delaney Bramlett obituary: A news obituary of rock musician Delaney Bramlett in the Dec. 28 California section said that he wrote "Never Ending Song of Love," and that he co-wrote "Superstar" with Leon Russell and "Let It Rain" with Eric Clapton. Bramlett's then-wife, Bonnie Bramlett, should have been included as a co-writer on those three songs. —
After Bramlett and his first wife divorced in the early '70s, they parted professionally as well, and he faded from the spotlight.
During his career, Bramlett performed, co-wrote or recorded with stars such as Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, J.J. Cale, the Everly Brothers and Mac Davis. He also produced artists including Etta James and Elvin Bishop.
He is perhaps best known for standards such as "Superstar," co-written with Leon Russell, which has been recorded by many artists, most recently by Sonic Youth in a version featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the movie "Juno."
Bramlett also co-wrote "Let It Rain" with Clapton, who also recorded it, and "Never Ending Song of Love," which was recorded by more than 100 artists including Ray Charles, George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
Bramlett recently released an album, "A New Kind of Blues," on independent label Magnolia Gold Records.
'Psychotic Reaction' writer
John Byrne, 61, a rock 'n' roll musician who wrote and sang "Psychotic Reaction," the only hit of the San Jose garage band Count Five, died Dec. 15 of kidney and liver failure at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, his daughter Tina said.
“Psychotic Reaction,” with its distinctive fuzz guitar and harmonica riff echoing the sound of the Yardbirds, reached No. 5 on the Billboard charts in 1966. It has been immortalized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of 500 songs that shaped rock music.
Byrne, who was born Nov. 16, 1947, in Dublin, immigrated to the United States at age 14, joining an older brother living in San Jose.
Count Five (sometimes referred to as Count V) was formed in 1964 in San Jose. Byrne, who played rhythm guitar and sang, joined lead guitarist John Michalski, bassist Roy Chaney, drummer Craig Atkinson and Ken Ellner, who also sang and played the harmonica.
The band released its debut album, also called "Psychotic Reaction," in 1966. A few singles followed, but the group never repeated the singular success of "Psychotic Reaction."
Delaney Bramlett; songwriter who wrote 'Let It Rain'
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