Delaney and Bonnie — Odd Facts, Encyclopedic Relationships, and Great Music.

   Delaney was in the Champs (Tequila) and then the Shindogs (on Shindig!) with Leon Russell for two years and backed up everyone. Everyone. Think about it. Yikes! Other members were, Glen Campbell, James Burton, and Billy Preston.

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

Bonnie sang with Albert King and Little Milton at age fouteen, and then at age fifteen was the first Black Ikette – three days in ManTan Skin Bronzer and a black wig — before she was found out.

   Get Ourselves Together

She and Delaney met at a bowling alley in 1967 and got married a week later. They weren’t married very long, but they made some great music.

   I Don’t Want To Discuss It

Delaney and Bonnie and Leon Russell had a band with a bunch of loose participants, coming and going, who included George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Duane Allman, Billy Preston, the rest of Derek and the Dominoes – Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, and Jim Price, Joe Cocker, Issac Hayes, King Curtis, Gram Parsons, Clarence White, and even, Jimi Hendrix.

   Comin’ Home

Delaney and Bonnie split in ‘72. They didn’t get divorced, because they couldn’t be together long enough to do the paperwork.

Delaney was born again and wrote jingles. Bonnie recorded with the Average White Band and toured with Stephen Stills and the Allman Brothers.

Never Ending Song of Love

All this stuff is interesting, but it’s the music that lasts and is just as hot now as it was then.


About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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One Response to Delaney and Bonnie — Odd Facts, Encyclopedic Relationships, and Great Music.

  1. It’s that never-ending love that gets me every time. I know, I’m a sap, and happy about it!

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