Photo courtesy of Ron Pownall ©2003
The Brad Delp Foundation was created by his children, family and friends for the purpose of carrying on Bradley’s legacy of compassion, generosity, and kindness. Brad had an uncommon ability and desire to listen, understand, and care about people.Brad was particularly generous with his time and talent, playing many concerts each year to the benefit of children’s causes, anti-violence organizations and school fundraisers, among many others.With the formation of The Brad Delp Foundation, we seek to honor Brad’s memory by awarding music related grants and funding for school music programs as well as music therapy programs for children and adults with disabilities.
“To the world, Brad was known as the frontman for the rock group Boston; the Man with the Golden Voice; the Nicest Guy in rock-and-roll.To us he was a brother, an uncle, a cousin, and a father. To many more, he was a friend. Among those who knew him, there is no question that Brad was one of the most genuine, giving, down to earth people one could meet. Whether with a fan at a concert, a clerk at the local supermarket, a neighbor, or a friend, Brad always made time to talk with people as though they were family. We hope that it is this spiritof kindness and generosity that people will remember most when they think of Brad, and we hope that now, in his absence, that spirit will be carried on by everyone who was lucky enough to be touched by his presence.”– Jenna Delp
“There is no question that Bradley had a remarkable talent. More importantly, though, he was a remarkable man. While he felt he had been blessed with opportunity and success, Bradley was endlessly frustrated in seeing that other musicians – also quite talented – did not always have access to the same opportunities. I can think of no better way to honor Bradley’s memory than to provide a new generation of musical talent with the chance to find success and happiness in their field. I am delighted that Bradley’s children, family and friends have established a means to that end, in The Brad Delp Foundation.”– Pamela Sullivan
“Simply put, Brad was THE best! Unparalleled in his range, versatility and soulfulness as one of the music industry’s greatest vocalists and frontmen. Soft-spoken, intelligent, approachable, witty… and most importantly, a friend to everyone who knew him.”– Dave Mitchell (Guitarist – Beatle Juice)
“I remember how, as a young boy and fledgling musician, I couldn’t wait for the next new song to be released by The Zombies, The Beach Boys or, of course, The Beatles. I’d play that new tune over and over trying to catch every nuance. Music was so new, so exciting, and so fraught with possibilities. Brad never lost that wide-eyed excitement, that sense of endless possibility. What’s more, he could reignite those feelings in others. He certainly did in me. So, I think it is only fitting that his legacy should offer the opportunity to experience the excitement of music to the next generation of musicians.”– Steve Baker(Keyboards – Beatle Juice)
“Brad’s talent went far beyond his extraordinary vocal skills. Every musician I know who has had the privilege of working with him has reported feeling somehow expanded by the experience. It is this ability of Brad’s to encourage other musicians to go further, to do more and to surpass even their own expectations which will live on through the Brad Delp Foundation.”-Joy Baker
“He was an ordinary man, and of that he was most proud, for that was pretty much all he wanted to be, even though he had that extraordinary voice. He tried hard, over the years, to keep things simple and not let fame change him (or people’s perception of him) too much. It was important to him to stay the way he was, in the lifestyle he was most comfortable. Oh yes: did I mention that he loved to make you laugh? Funny guy. He was my friend and I miss him. I’m a better person for knowing him.”– Roger Carmody
“These words, most often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, describe my friend as well as I ever could myself:’To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a little better; Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”– Bill Faulkner
“I, like millions of others, idolized Brad in the 70’s when I became a huge fan of his singing. Years later I ended up playing and recording with him and we became good friends. Besides playing music with Brad one of my biggest enjoyments was watching him connect with his fans. They were always so taken aback when they realized that Brad was so warm and open…speaking with each and every one of them long after the last note was sung. I miss him every day.”– David Stefanelli, Drummer for RTZ
“We were blessed to call Brad a friend. His voice, as always, continues to touch so many lives. We miss him… and he will always remain close to our heart. We applaud the Delp family for their incredible efforts to keep Brad’s positive message alive. In their own lives, and the people they love, music has played such an enormous role. Their efforts have afforded children the same opportunities that we had growing up… a chance to touch lives with music.”-Extreme – Gary, Nuno, Pat and Kfigg
“I was brought in at the last minute to write the score for a Lorimar Film, “Best Revenge”. The producers wanted music and song and suggested my bringing in Brad Delp for the main title song that I had written, “Playing For Keeps.” I must confess that although I’d heard of the band “Boston” on the radio I shamefully admit that I really wasn’t familiar with their music or knew of their singer. But this is fairly typical of me. I rarely listen to my contemporaries. I was assured that he was “The Voice” for the song.
When Brad arrived in Los Angeles I introduced him to the song “Playing For Keeps”. He may have changed a lyric here or there as singers often do. The song itself had many demanding octave leaps and key changes. Brad had the range and “nailed it” around the third take.
When he came into the control room for a listen I just said “Fantastic”. I’d never heard a voice like his ever!
Brad seemed unsure.
“Is there anything you want to change?” I asked him.
“Are you happy with it?” was his response to me.
“My goodness, absolutely!”
Members of Lorimar Films had their jaws open.
After the session Brad came up to me and said, “I normally am asked to spend one week recording something.”
My reply was something like, “Would you wish to spend that amount of time in a dentist chair?”
He was a lovely guy. I wish I’d got to know him better.
My love to his family and to The Brad Delp Foundation, which I support if only to draw attention to the extreme pressures some musicians can sometimes be under. – Keith Emerson
“Brad Delp to me was the best singer in rock and roll….and I was very lucky to have had him as a friend since 1979…Brad was one of the nicest guys that I had ever met…I was fortunate to sing with Brad on stage in Boston for many of years….I get to keep these memories in my heart always….right along with millions of people who will keep Brads voice in their hearts…I support the Brad Delp Foundation and all the hard work that his family does to keep Brads memory alive…Brad your voice lives on…Miss you…”– Fran Cosmo, Former Lead Singer for Boston
“It’s been five years now since Brad passed away, and we still miss him as much now as we did then. His voice still touches legions of fans around the world, with more people discovering his enormous talents everyday. June 12 th would have been Brad’s birthday, let’s celebrate his life by supporting the Brad Delp Foundation, founded by his family and friends to provide music related grants and scholarships as well as the funding of school music programs. And watch here for the release of Brad’s solo recordings, saved from being lost by his family and friends. It’s a glimpse into Brad’s other musical interests outside of what you might already be familiar with. Thank you for your support!– Barry Goudreau, Former Guitarist for Boston
“Brad was a great singer and a wonderful, smart, funny, generous friend. Although I miss him, I still love to listen to his recordings, which are timeless testaments to his wonderful talent.– Charlie Farren, Farrenheit Frontman