Episode 2 of my podcast “Who Are You?” a podcast about underrated, deceased artists covers the artist Brad Delp. Delp was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best know as the lead singer for the band Boston. In 1969, Delp was introduced to guitarist Tom Scholz, who was in search of a vocalist to complete some demo recordings. Later, Scholz created the short-lived band Mother’s Milk, with Delp.
Epic Records eventually signed the group and the band was renamed Boston. The self-titled debut album was released in August of 1976. Their debut album has since sold over 20 million copies. The band’s most popular songs include More Than a Feeling, Foreplay/Long Time, A Man I’ll Never Be, Hitch a Ride, and Let Me Take You Home Tonight. Although the band never received a Grammy, the band was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1976. In later years, Delp broke away from Boston and in 1991 formed the band RTZ, with former Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau. The same year, the group released their debut album Return to Zero.
From 1980 to 1996, Delp married and divorced second wife, Micki Delp, whom he had two children with. At approximately 1 am, March 9, 2007, Delp committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 55 in his home in New Hampshire. His body was found by his fiancé, Pamela Sullivan, with a note clipped to his shirt which read “Mr. Brad Delp. ‘J’ai une âme solitaire’. I am a lonely soul.”
After the death of Delp, many claimed that the nicest guy in rock and roll had just been lost. On June 12, 2012, what would have been Delp’s 61st birthday, Delp’s daughter, Jenna Delp, and president of the Brad Delp Foundation, released an MP3 on the foundation website of a “never before released” song which was written and recorded by Delp in 1973. It was also announced the foundation planned to release a complete album of Delp’s solo work, which would include a span of 30 years of previously unreleased material written and recorded by Delp and his closest friends.