- Listen: They fronted a band that included George Harrison and Eric Clapton– who asked to join them– and Delaney was the lead guitarist and lead singer.
- These artists they sang with, together or individually, on record or in performance, already are in the Hall of Fame:
The Allman Brothers, Eddie Kendricks, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, King Curtis, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Jerry Garcia, Little Richard, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell, George Harrison, Stephen Stills, Isaac Hayes, Booker T & the M.G.s, Levon Helm, Ike & Tina Turner
- They also sang with these artists, together or individually, on record or in performance:
The Average White Band, Ginger Baker, Elvin Bishop, Black Crowes, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Burnette, J.J. Cale, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Rita Coolidge, Steve Cropper, Charlie Daniels Band, Willy DeVille, Donovan, Eddie Floyd, John Hammond Jr., Emmylou Harris, Jimi Hendrix, Dr. John, Elton John, George Jones, Janis Joplin, Doug Kershaw, B.B. King, Little Feat, Nils Lofgren, Kenny Loggins, Taj Mahal, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney, Delbert McClinton (who should be in the Hall of Fame), Jimmy Messina, John Oates (Hall & Oates), Yoko Ono, Gram Parsons, Billy Preston, Keith Richards, Tom Rush, Earl Scruggs, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Sly Stone, Doris Troy, Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams, Jr., Tammy Wynette, and Dwight Yoakum.
- Delaney and Bonnie made 10 albums, and each recorded 10 solo LPs. Their songs have been covered by a diverse range of artists, including the Carpenters, Vikki Carr, Ray Charles, Cher, Crystal Gale, Woody Herman, Peggy Lee, Patty Loveless, Herbie Mann, Bette Midler, the Motels, the Osmonds, Sonic Youth, the Staple Singers, Usher, and Luther Vandross.
- Bonnie’s songwriting credits include “Superstar” (co-written with Leon Russell), which charted in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, was a BMI Pop and Million-Air Award-winning song, and was nominated for a Grammy in 1972. She also introduced the Average White Band to America by hiring them as her backup band.
- Delaney produced albums by Duane Allman, Elvin Bishop, The Crickets, Eric Clapton, and John Hammond, Jr. He co-wrote songs on Eric Clapton’s first solo LP, including “Let It Rain,” and convinced Clapton to sing. He taught George Harrison to play slide guitar. This year he was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame:
- More reasons to induct Delaney and Bonnie into the Hall of Fame, from:
Eric Clapton, in Clapton – The Autobiography:
“For me, going on [with Blind Faith] after Delaney and Bonnie was really, really tough, because I thought they were miles better than us.”
“Delaney turned me on to so many things…Delaney had brought out something in me that I didn’t know I had. My solo career really began there…I’ll never be able to repay Delaney for his belief in me. He saw something I had stopped looking for in myself.”
Paul Williams, President of ASCAP:
“The best Rock ‘n Roll band I’ve ever heard in my life, the original Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.”
At a press conference, Delaney was asked what their music was called. Jimi answered for him: “I’ll tell you what you call it. Call it spiritual and leave it at that.”
“I can do Little Richard and Delaney Bramlett can do Little Richard–nobody else.”
Delaney & Bonnie Induction website: www.inductdelaneyandbonnie.com
Facebook Induction page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=247286568092
For questions about the induction process, write to the following postal address (the Foundation does not have an e-mail address) (which we know is total b.s.):
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10104