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Reservoir Music Notes
June 21, 2012

Greetings! I received the following email from a reader.

Hey, Fred--

You did Bonnie Bramlett a serious disservice by saying that after her split with Delaney she became a backup vocalist. Bonnie released  10 solo albums with some of the greatest singing anyone with an ounce of soul will love:

  • Sweet Bonnie Bramlett (CBS, 1973)
  • It's Time (Capricorn, 1975)
  • Lady's Choice (Capricorn, 1976)
  • Memories (Capricorn, 1978)
  • Step by Step (1981)
  • I'm Still the Same (Audium, 2002)
  • Roots, Blues & Jazz (Zoho, 2006)
  • I can Laugh About It Now (Zoho, 2006)
  • Beautiful (Rockin' Camel, 2008)
  • Piece Of My Heart - The Best Of 1969-78 (Raven, 2008)

She also sang duets with many top male artists, including Gregg Allman, Jimmy Hall, Mickey Thomas, Dobie Gray, and Delbert McClinton; "Givin' It Up For Your Love," with Delbert, went to #8 on the Billboard charts. She also sang backup for many Southern rock bands, and is an honorary "Allman Sister."  And she co-wrote "Superstar," a  hit for several artists including The Carpenters Better Midler, Luther Vandross, Sonic Youth, and Usher.

I was at the tribute concert, and it took three spectacular backup singers to handle Bonnie's famous vocals. Elaine Caswell's comment: "Girl, if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be up here singing!"

Currently a petition is circulating to have Delaney & Bonnie inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and filming has begun on a documentary about them.

One of my interviews with Bonnie is on this site:


So, thank you Kris, for setting the record straight, and for reading this column to begin with. Don’t forget to check out Kris’s interview with Bonnie at the link above.

Phil Lesh celebrated the grand re-opening of his Midnight Ramble-like venue, Terrapin Crossroads, in San Rafael, California, with a performance by Phil and Friends, which consisted of a first set in which the band did the entire second album by The Band, known as The Brown Album or just “The Band”, and a second set consisting of the entire “Workingman’s Dead”!

Lesh makes no secret of the fact that his entire operation was directly inspired by Levon’s Midnight Rambles, and before they played, Phil gave a speech honoring his friend, in which he dedicated, “not just the show, or the next show, or everything we do here, but the whole place, to Levon Helm.” Wow! Now that’s a show I would have liked to have been at! To read the full speech, go to

Speaking of shows I would have liked to have been at, you may have heard that the late Tupac Shakur made an appearance at this year’s Coachella Festival! Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre performed with an extremely lifelike Tupac hologram! It was a smash, and now the estates of dead celebrities are lining up to do the same. So far, the estates of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison have expressed interest, with Presley’s estate reportedly already inking a deal! And Morrison’s agent also handles the estates of Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Peter Tosh, and Rick James! It’s not too late kids! Soon you’ll be able to see all of your favorite dead rock stars perform again!

And why stop there? How long before living musicians get in on the act? The Stones could be playing in any number of cities around the world, simultaneously! The Grateful Dead could tour with Jerry Garcia again and play Madison Square Garden every night of the year! The possibilities are endless!

Before we get to this week’s live music picks, I just want to mention, since I got lazy and there was no column last week, that last weekend, June 16th, 17th, and 18th, was the 45th anniversary of the groundbreaking Monterey International Pop Festival. An event to be remembered! BTW, I happened to see, by accident, the newly remastered version of the film of the festival, and it is like a totally different film from the first release. Definitely worth checking out.

And now for this week’s live music picks.

So, that wraps it up for another week. Thanks for reading. Seeya!

Fred Perry is the owner of Reservoir Music Center on Route 28 in Kingston, and founding member of Alt-Country supergroup, The Brooklyn Cowboys, is from a 3rd generation musical family and lives in the Hudson Valley, where he does what he can to promote live music.

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