Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tune of the day - Delaney & Bonnie

This is one I've loved for years:-

Husband and wife team 'Delaney and Bonnie' whip up a storm with 'Coming Home'. The 'supergroup' band reads like a who's who of musicians who were hot in that late 60's period. George Harrison (guitar), Eric Clapton (guitar), Bobby Whitlock (piano), Carl Radle (bass), Jim Gordon (drums), Bobby Keys, leading the brass (tenor sax), and an unseen, but audible towards the end, Billy Preston (organ).

The thing that strikes me about the lineup is that they were almost all cursed in some way (not surprising, given how spaced-out most of them look!). Worst hit, in later years, was the rock-steady master session drummer Gordon (who wrote the beautiful piano Coda on Clapton's 'Layla'). He had always had mental health issues and ended up killing his mother with a well-placed axe to the skull (Ouch!).

Bonnie is still around and did some acting on the 'Rosanne' show a few years back. She got her pelvic gyration moves from working briefly with Ike & Tina Turner, prior to hooking up with Delaney.

Bonnie Bramlett had no idea that her blonde wig look summoned up images of notorious UK serial child murderer Myra Hindley.

Delaney Bramlett never admitted to being the father of Sri Lankan cricket all-rounder Tillakeratne Dilshan, but the facial similarities tell a different story...

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