HAPPY 68th BIRTHDAY to British Guitarist PETER FRAMPTON!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to British-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist Peter Frampton. Peter  was previously associated with the bands Humble Pieand The Herd. At the end of his ‘group’ career was Frampton’s international breakthrough album, his live release Frampton Comes Alive!. The album sold more than 8 million copies in the United States and spawned several hit singles.  Since then he has released several major albums. He has also worked with David Bowie and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others.

Frampton is best known for such hits as “Breaking All the Rules”, “Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way”, “Do You Feel Like We Do”, and “I’m in You”, which remain staples on classic rock radio. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy. Frampton is known for his work as a guitar player and particularly with a Talkbox and his baritone voice.

Peter Kenneth Frampton was born in Bromley, Kent, UK. He attended Bromley Technical High School,  at which his father, Owen Frampton, was a teacher and the head of the Art department.  He first became interested in music when he was seven years old. Having discovering his grandmother’s banjolele in the attic,  he taught himself to play it, going on to later teach himself how to play guitar and piano as well. At the age eight, he began taking classical music lessons.

His early influences were Cliff Richard & the Shadows (featuring guitarist Hank Marvin) and American rockers Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran and later The Ventures, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. His father introduced him to the recordings of Belgian gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Peter Frampton had little commercial success with his early albums. This changed with Frampton’s best-selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, in 1976, from which “Baby, I Love Your Way”, “Show Me the Way”, and an edited version of “Do You Feel Like We Do”, were hit singles. The latter two tracks also featured his use of the talk box guitar effect. The album was recorded in 1975, mainly at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California, where Humble Pie had previously enjoyed a good following. Frampton had a new line-up, with Americans Bob Mayo on keyboards and rhythm guitar and Stanley Sheldon on bass. Wills had been sacked by Frampton at the end of 1974, and Bown had left on the eve of Frampton Comes Alive, to return to England and new fame with Status Quo. Frampton Comes Alive was released in early January, debuting on the charts on 14 February at number 191. The album was on the Billboard 200 for 97 weeks, of which 55 were in the top 40, of which 10 were at the top. The album beat, among others, Fleetwood Mac’s Fleetwood Mac to become the top selling album of 1976, and it was also the 14th best seller of 1977. With sales of eight million copies it became the biggest selling live album, although with others subsequently selling more it is now the fourth biggest. Frampton Comes Alive! has been certified as eight times platinum.  The album won Frampton a Juno Award in

The success of Frampton Comes Alive! put him on the cover of Rolling Stone, in a famous shirtless photo by Francesco Scavullo.  Frampton later said he regrets the photo because it changed his image as a credible artist into a teen idol. Happy Birthday Peter!!!  From CRV!!!

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