Sat Eye Candy: Delaney & Bonnie


While The Band have been gathering accolades as for their role as a primary influence on rock 'n' roll that followed, another group from the same era had almost as big an impact on the movers & shakers in the 60s & 70s (and subsequently since then). Delaney & Bonnie were a then-husband & wife rock 'n' soul revue that put the zap on Eric Clapton, George Harrison and scores of others. The undeniable groove and spirit of their homegrown, deliciously earthy music brought rock down from its big stages and reconnected some of the biggest players of the day with what it meant to make music for the sake of making music. This gift still reverberates in the work of Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Mofro, Lucero and countless others. We love giving credit to worthy ancestors at JamBase and wanted to offer up a smattering of their fine music to enrich your weekend. (Dennis Cook)

We begin with a corker featuring Clapton and Harrison along with the future rhythm section for Derek & The Dominoes.

While Dave Mason had the hit with this one, D & B do it great justice.

An early music video from the band.

The Black Crowes have taken this tune up in recent years.

There's not much sexier than Bonnie's wicked smile and joyous jiggling and Delaney's slinky ass guitar work in this clip. The slide solo near the end is just ridiculous!

Another one from the same television appearance.

We conclude with a glimpse of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett performing without one another. Delaney passed away in 2008 and Bonnie Bramlett continues to make great music today. Still, few fires that burned as briefly as theirs have been brighter or more warming to music as a whole.

[Published on: 11/27/10]

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