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Don (don)
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Posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 10:50 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I didn't know this first hand and had no knowledge of. While I was visiting a known blues artist last last month. He happen to be watching a
Christian broadcast channel. The young lady name was Bonnie somthing. However, she Bonnie said she recorded & traveled with The Ike Turner Revue. I don't know if Tina Turner nor early Ikette bkgrd singer Jo Armstead we're around at the time.

During her interview (and I didn't know this then)that she was half of the R&B/Blues duo of Bonnie & Delanny. I remember their first and only lp, I'm assumming. A fact that is known to me of their first lp together that guitar lengend Eric Clapton was their guitarist for their recording and touring band.

Has anyone here on SDF has heard of her?

Don in Chi-Town
She stated that she's jammed with Greatful Dead, Hyndrix, Jopplin, Morrison and other icon's of music. She reminds me of a earlier or later Dusty Springfield. I mean this woman can blow I mean fo' real. and sings many musical styles to her credit. Today Bonnie is a born again christian.
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Gary (gary)
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Don...I believe her name is Bonnie Brammlett. I'll have to dig out the LP to know for sure, but I think she (and Delaney) was also on Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour.

I may be wrong because I'm just going from memory.

(Message edited by gary on July 14, 2004)
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P.J. (pj1)
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Gary, You are correct. Bonnie Bramlett also recorded solo after her break-up with Delaney. Delaney even had a solo album released on the Prodigal (Barney Ales/Motown) label in 1977.
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Bonnie Bramlett was a touring Ikette during the 1960s, according to Ikette founder Robbie Montgomery (whom I interviewed for an upcoming Ikettes/Ike Turner project).

Bonnie released a solo CD over a year ago that is absolutely dynamite and her daughter Bekka Bramlett can sing her ass off as well.

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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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PS - Jo Armstead left the Ikettes prior to Bonnie's arrival.
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Rodmann (rodmann)
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Bonnie Bramlett can sing her azz off! I love this woman's music! Most people might know her as the big blonde woman who played Roseanne's co-worker in the diner on the sitcom Roseanne. That's where I discovered her. I remember one episode where she got to sing a little bit thinking to myself "Man, that lady can sing!". LOL. I didn't know that she actually was a singer but I found out later when I discovered her great recordings with her ex-husband Delaney Bramlett (Delaney is a good singer as well). Bonnie also may have been the first white woman signed to Stax records when she recorded there with Delaney in the late 60's. Some of my favorite Delaney & Bonnie and Bonnie Bramlett solo recordings are:

'That's What My Man Is For' - This is on one of Delaney & Bonnie's live albums. Eric Clapton is featured on guitar and Bonnie tears in up in the vocal department as usual.

'The Love Of My Man' - Better than Theola Kilgore's original IMO. My favorite version is actually the live version by another Ikette, Venetta Fields. Venetta's version is on one of Ike & Tina's mid-60's live albums.

'Piece Of My Heart' - Can't touch Erma Franklin's original but it's still good stuff. Better than Janis Joplin's hit version.

'Groupie (Superstar)' - This is probably my favorite. Bonnie actually wrote this tune and recorded it first. The Carpenters had the hit with it and it was later recorded by Luther Vandross. Bonnie recorded it as an understated Soul tune in which she played the part of a cool groupie-chick. She really sang the hell out of this song and I have no idea why she didn't get a hit with it! The Carpenters version is OK but Luther BUTCHERED this song! He took it into Barry Manillow/Barbara Streisand/Engelbert Humperdinck territory. Very sappy and over the top! Bonnie is the only one out of the three to make some sense out of the lyrics and not get overpowered by the production.

'It's Been A Long Time Comin' - Delaney & Bonnie with the Stax house band. Great tune.

'Crazy Bout My Baby' - Average White Band backs Bonnie up on this early 70's dance tune from one of her solo albums.

'Never Gonna Give You Up' - Bonnie and Dobie Gray covered this Jerry Butler classic on one of her mid 70's solo albums. Jerry should be proud!

Don, I really wish that you would've put this topic on the main forum. Bonnie Bramlett has just as much right (OR MORE) to be there than a lot of the artists that are discussed around here. She's a SOUL SISTER if there ever was one! :-)
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Tony Russi (tony_russi)
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Hey Kevin. glad you are on, can't wait til that Ike Turner CD is released keep us posted.Bonnie was with the Ikettes mid 60's but I don't think for very long maybe cause the race thing and playin those little clubs.
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Rodmann (rodmann)
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Yeah Kevin. I can't wait to hear this new Ike Turner CD and the stories that Robbie Montgomery had to tell. :-)

I remember reading somewhere online that Bonnie also performed with James Brown and Albert King around the same time she was an Ikette. If I find that article I'll be sure to post it.
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Jimmy Mack (luke)
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Do u mean Crytal on Roseanne is Bonnie?Lord ALmighty.
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Rodmann (rodmann)
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No Jimmy. The name of Bonnie's character on Roseanne was Bonnie! LOL. Crystal was played by an actress named Natalie West. :-)

I should also add that Bonnie Bramlett was credited as Bonnie Sheridan on the show. You can see the episodes that Miss Bramlett was featured in at this link:

http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/PersonDetail/personid-22162/



(Message edited by Rodmann on August 02, 2004)
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Bonnie Bramlett

Bonnie Bramlett's first solo LP was issued on Columbia Records in 1973 and later reissued on CD in 1994 by Sony Records in Japan.
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Don (don)
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I wonder if Ms. Bramlett still gets royalities from her reissued work from Columbia/Sony in Japan?
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Bonnie Bramlett
This is Bonnie's 1976 Capricorn Records release "Lady's Choice".
It was also issued on CD a few years back by Mercury Records.
Cover photography by David Alexander

This is Bonnie at her soulful best reworking songs like JB's Think (About It), Hold On I'm Coming, You Send Me, Never Gonna Give You Up (With Dobie Gray), Let's Go Get Stoned, Two Steps From The Blues, If I Were Your Woman, Ain't That Lovin' You Baby, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go and Forever Young. Produced by-Johnny Sandlin and recorded at Muscle Shoals Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. I can't say enough about this album; it's truly worth picking up.



I ran into Bonnie about six months ago in Nashville where she now resides and she told that she had no idea that "Sweet Bonnie Bramlett" had come out on CD. I also asked her about being an Ikette and she said that she took over for Jessie Smith but was only on the road with Ike & Tina for about two weeks. She was only sixteen years of age at the time.
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Delaney & Bonnie

Delaney & Bonnie's 1969 album "Home" was released on the Stax label and featured the likes of Isaac Hayes, Eddie Flody and William Bell on background vocals. With Steve Cropper on guitar and Booker T. Jones on keyboards, just to name a few. This was also reissued onto CD by ACE Records in the UK.

The photography for the cover was shot by Barry Feinstein and pictured Delaney & Bonnie sitting with his grandfather, Papa John, the oldest living Bramlett at the time. They are seated in front of the 150-year-old cabin in Pontotoc, Mississippi, where Delaney had spent the first 14 years of his life.
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SoniT (sonit)
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I liked Bonnie on "Roseanne." She sang a few songs on the show and that woman can SANG! She has a lot of soul. David Crosby played her husband on the show.
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Delaney & Bonnie

The Delaney & Bonnie And Friends album entitled "D&B Together" was issued in 1972 on Columbia Records. "Together" was the last of the couple’s six albums. It is currently available on CD via Sony Music, with bonus tracks.

Some of the friends joining them on this project were James Jamerson, Eric Clapton, Eddie Kendricks, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Steve Cropper, King Curtis, Rita Coolidge, Merry Clayton, Venneta Fields, Clydie King, Patrice Holloway, Shirley Matthews and the great Tina Turner who joins them on "Sound Of The City".
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Rodmann (rodmann)
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Man, Brother Love! You know everybody! LOL. Great pics and info as usual by the way! :-)

I totally agree with you about Bonnie's "Lady's Choice" album. I wish that it wasn't all covers but it is a great album. That version of 'Never Gonna Give You Up' with Dobie Gray is fantastic. I'm always shocked at how records like this failed to hit it big on the charts back in 70's.
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FrankM (frankm)
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I always knew there would be a revival of interest in Bonnie and Delaney. Their Elektra album "Accept no Substitute" was promoted by Mick Jagger and they came to the UK. They were joined on tour by Eric Clapton who later stole half the band (Leon Russell took the other half) and George Harrison. Rolling Stone gave the album big licks, it was recorded as live. That review I understand prompted the release of "At Home" which had been sitting in the can as they say on Stax's tape shelves.
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Don (don)
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I knew Bonnie and Delaney had a lp and a live lp while Eric Clapton was in their band. I recall that WXRT FM here played both lp's back to back. I had taped it but don't recall whatever became of the tape? I remember seeing alot of their lp's & solos, but lost all sense when looking in the cut-bins, and we're selling for $1. Also, Terry Hylett WXRT's she was their top DJ at the time would always have a interesting show everyday. That what I miss about WXRT FM. Now that I think about it brothers from the hood even listened to the show.
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Don (don)
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I DO have to give credit to Suzie Q for turning me on to this fabulous & talented lady & heck of a duo. I think I'm gonna give her a call this evenin'. She's got all of B&D's and B&D's solo lp's. I think Nicks & Buckingham said in a earlier local interview just before their arrival with Fleetwood Mac said they we're heavily influenced by Bonnie & Delaney's work.
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marrone en not fer nuttin but i never kud figger out wedder dat broad was wite or kau...kau...wait i kant pernownce dat woid eh kaukayshum..dats it kaukayshun, or maybe 'merikan catch my drift???@#$^*
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Back in the late 60's I worked for Metric Music which was a publishing company owned by Liberty Records. At that time, Mac Davis was the professional manager (worked with aspiring song writers), and his best friend and collaborator was Delaney Bramlett. Mac and Delaney cut all the demos themselves, then went out and sold them to various artists/managers. Bonnie was pregnant with Bekka at the time and while Delaney and Mac were off writing their songs, Bonnie and I would sit and talk for hours. She was funny, articulate, extremely talented, and she and Delaney were very happy and very much in love. At that time, no one had heard of Mac, Delaney or Bonnie, but after I moved back to Detroit in the early 70's, Mac exploded, not only as a writer, but as an artist as well. Delaney & Bonnie were out touring and knocking everybody out, and I was working at Motown just astonished at what the three of them had accomplished. I am proud to say that "I knew them when!"
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Delaney & Bonnie
"Accept No Substitute" was released by Elektra Records in 1969 and reissued on CD by Collector's Choice Music in 2002. Cover photo: Barry Feinstein
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Bonnie Bramlett
Bonnie's cover photo from her 1974 Capricorn Records release, "It's Time".
Photography: Ken Marcus
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Don (don)
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Great pics Brother Love...
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Bonnie Bramlett
The lovely Bonnie Bramlett, photo by Ken Marcus.
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Don (don)
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Right On Soul Bro...
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Bonnie Bramlett
Cover photo from Bonnie's 1980 gospel album on Refuge Records.
Photography: Ken Kim
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Bonnie Barmlett
This is Bonnie's 2002 CD "I'm Still The Same", released on Audium Records.
Photography: Nancy Lee Andrews

What a great CD! I love this project from the start to the end. The CD kicks off with the reworking of the Timi Yuro classic "Hurt" and Bonnie wraps her soul around it. She co- wrote seven out of the eleven tracks including her beautiful song she wrote with Delaney and Leon Russell, “Superstar”. This is a very bluesy and jazzy Bonnie like you’ve never heard before. The direction she has taken on this CD is very believable for a woman that has been around the block. Many singers from back in the day try to be so current that it makes no sense, but not on this, Bonnie lets you know that she is still the same.
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Don (don)
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Hello Brother Love,
Yes, I do remember Bonnie Bramlett mentioning this
along with a gospel lp she released in 02. The broadcast I watched where she has another gospel cd in the works as we speak which is due?
Don

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