Monday, July 13, 2009

Brush With Greatness: Bonnie Bramlett

I didn't actually MEET Bonnie at the Scott Boyer benefit, but I did sit directly in front of her in the "artists and families" section. (This because the crew filming the event had taken my seat in the mezzanine)

Bonnie Bramlett (born Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell on 8 November 1944, Alton, Illinois), is an American singer and sometime actress known for her distinctive vocals in rock and pop music. Bramlett started her musical career at the age of thirteen as a backup singer for blues acts such as Fontella Bass, Albert King, and Little Milton.

She made history as the first Caucasian female to sing with Ike and Tina Turner as one of the "Ikettes". She eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she met fellow singer Delaney Bramlett in 1967 at a bowling alley gig for his band, The Shindogs. They were married within the week and are the parents of singer Bekka Bramlett, who was briefly a member of Fleetwood Mac in the 1990s.

The duo signed with Stax Records and became known as Delaney & Bonnie, becoming the first white artists among R&B artists such as Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, John Lee Hooker, and Booker T. and the MGs. They soon toured Europe with British rock legend Eric Clapton. With frequent drop-in performances by other noted musicians like Duane Allman, George Harrison, and Dave Mason, the group became known as Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Delaney & Bonnie first met Eric Clapton when the pair served as Blind Faith's opening act.

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