…from now on that’s all I wanna’ do

Here’s Mr. and Mrs. Bramlett, aka. Delaney & Bonnie, husband and wife, songster and songstress. Born in 1939 in Pontiac County, Mississippi, Delaney moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 and became a session musician on the TV series, “Shindig”.  Bonnie (née Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell), who was born in 1944 in Alton, Illinois, was an accomplished singer by the time she was 15, when she became the first-ever white “Ikette” wearing a black wig and “Man Tan” skin darkener for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.  She moved to L.A. in 1967, and that’s where she met and married Delaney.

Within a few years Delaney & Bonnie had some marginally recognizable names contributing to their Rock and Soul revue, including: Leon Russell (of course, that guy was everywhere), Rita Coolidge, Gram Parsons, Dave Mason, both Gregg and Duane Allman, King Curtis, George Harrison (using the pseudonym “Angelo Mysterioso”  it was Delaney who showed him how to play slide guitar) and their good friend, Eric Clapton, who once said,  “Delaney taught me everything I know about singing.”

Clapton took the Delaney & Bonnie ensemble on the road in 1969 as the opening act for Blind Faith, preferring their music to his own band’s. “For me, going on after Delaney & Bonnie was really, really tough, because I thought they were miles better than us,” said Clapton who continued to record and tour with them after the break up of Blind Faith.  They also toured with Janis Joplin, the Band and the Grateful Dead.

Known as a fine collaborative songwriter, Bonnie is co-credited with writing “Superstar” (that Carpenters hit) with Leon Russell, “Let it Rain” with Eric Clapton and today’s selection with her husband, Delaney Bramlett. Reaching Number 67 on the Billboard Singles Chart, “Never Ending Song of Love” was included on their 1971 album, “Motel Shot” which was mainly recorded “live” in the studio with acoustic instruments, a concept that pre-dated the “Unplugged” trend by decades.

 LISTEN TO TODAY’S SELECTION – Thursday 19 APRIL

Never Ending Song of Love

I’ve got a never-ending love for you

From now on that’s all I wanna do

From the first time we met I knew

I’d have never ending love for you

I’ve got a never ending love for you

From now on, that’s all I wanna do

From the first time we met I knew

I’d have a never ending love for you

 After all this time of being alone

We can love one another

Feel for each other

From now on

 It’s so good I can hardly stand it

Never ending love for you

From now on that’s all I wanna do

From the first we met I knew

I’d sing my never ending song of love for you

do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do….

 After all this time of being alone

We can love one another

Feel for each other

From now on

It’s so good I can hardly stand it

 Never ending love for you

From now on that’s all I wanna do

From the first we met I knew

I’d sing my never ending song of love for you

 I’ve got a never ending love for you

From now on that’s all I wanna do

From the first time we met I knew

I’d sing my never ending song of love for you

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