11/29/17: Delaney & Bonnie “Things Get Better”
Once in a while I go on a Delaney & Bonnie listening binge. These people just knew how to rock, a musical duo featuring great songs are great songwriting. Plus, Delaney & Bonnie made every effort to surround themselves with legendary musicians. Back in 1969 and 1970, they fronted a rock n’ roll ensemble called “Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.” All those “friends” added up to be a mighty impressive roster. From time to time, the pair were joined on stage by the likes of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Whitlock, King Curtis, Bobby Keys, Gram Parsons and even Eric Clapton! Clapton was particularly enamored with the band and the good times they had just hanging out and playing some great tunes. The late Delaney Bramlett was an accomplished musician and songwriter, and his wife Bonnie had (and still has) this incredibly strong, gospel-tinged voice. Bonnie could belt out any kind of a song! Before all the Delaney & Bonnie success, Bonnie even spent 3 days with the Ike & Tina Turner Review as an Ikette. Blonde-haired Bonnie wore a black wig and applied skin darkener so she could pass as an African American and blend in with the rest of the ensemble.
Delaney & Bonnie recorded some great stuff and put on some legendary live shows, as well. Clapton even joined the “Friends” for an extended period of time because he loved hanging out with them and taking more of a background role than he had at the time as part of supergroup Blind Faith. He became fast friends with the Bramletts. In 1970, the band released their 3rd album, called “On Tour With Eric Clapton,” and it was a compilation of live songs performed with Eric and a whole band of merry rock and roll musicians. That turned out to be their most commercially successful album, and was later certified Gold. The opening song on that LP is the song I was hearing in my head when I started the day. It’s a rousing tune called, “Things Get Better.” Listen to this and they surely will!
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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November, the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.
At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!
The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!
Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!
Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!
You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!
Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!
AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!
Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.
Open for Rocking!
‘Music in My Head’ airs every morning @9:15AM. Over the air on 97.9FM and streaming on chapelboro.com