Delaney Bramlett, 69, the singer-songwriter-producer who penned classic rock songs such as "Let it Rain" and worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, died Saturday at a Los Angeles hospital as a result of complications from gall-bladder surgery.

Born in Mississippi, Mr. Bramlett enjoyed a career in the music business that spanned 50 years.

He is perhaps best known for standards such as "Superstar," cowritten with Leon Russell, which was recorded by Usher, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, the Carpenters, and, most recently, Sonic Youth in a version featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the movie Juno.

He cowrote "Let it Rain" with British guitarist Clapton, who also recorded it, and "Never Ending Song of Love," which was recorded by more than 100 artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam. - AP