Paul Delph Memorial Gallery

28 February 1957 - 21 May 1996

Paul Delph: Introduction

Paul Delph jumped into the LA music scene shortly before earning his college degree at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. The classic story of a phone call, a new band, plane tickets for him and his synthesizer, and a ‘never look back’ attitude came true for him. Singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and studio musician, Paul’s career blossomed in California, New York and London.

Paul formed his first band while in the sixth grade. His first and lasting love was rock. Years of classical training in piano, voice and trumpet provided a breadth of technique and a depth of expression rarely found in this genre.

Early in the epidemic, Paul contracted HIV; it did not impact his productive life for nearly a decade. After his diagnosis with AIDS, he continued to work on his Music for AIDS projects until failing health forced a return to his family home at Cincinnati early in 1996.

Enthusiasm, talent, and an unswerving devotion to his music and his friends returned a wide circle of personal and professional respect. The circle grows through scholarships and expanding online connections to his life and times.

Paul’s music and lyrics seamlessly combine power and grace. His insights are timeless, compelling and evocative. Through these works, he will live forever.

The Paul Lee Delph Memorial Music Scholarship Fund provides assistance to college-bound Norwood High School students (Paul’s Alma Mater). An annual PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) scholarship is awarded from the Fund to a gay college student through the Cincinnati Chapter of PFLAG. Memorials may be made by check payable to the Paul Lee Delph Memorial Music Scholarship Fund at the address on the Contact Page. We thank you for your generosity.