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Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton was one of the biggest arena rock stars of the '70s, making his name largely on the double-LP concert set Frampton Comes Alive! Frampton was one of several '70s rock artists (Kiss, Cheap Trick, etc.) to break through to a wide audience with a live album; much like the others, he'd recorded several previous albums and built a following through extensive touring, in the process honing an exciting concert presence. That helped Frampton Comes Alive! become the best-selling live album of all time (up to that point), with eventual sales of over six million units in the U.S. and over 16 million copies worldwide. Frampton had paid nearly a decade's worth of dues before reaching superstardom, and unfortunately for him, it proved to be short-lived -- bad luck and a failure to duplicate the phenomenon of Frampton Comes Alive! conspired to halt his career momentum.

Peter Frampton was born April 22, 1950, in the town of Beckenham in Kent. He started playing guitar at age eight, and took several years of classical lessons. In his early teens, he played with rock & roll combos like the Little Ravens, the Trubeats, and the Preachers, the latter of which were managed by the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman and appeared on the TV show Ready, Steady, Go. In 1966, Frampton dropped out of school to join the mod-pop group the Herd, where he got his first taste of success. The Herd scored several British hits over 1967-1968, and Frampton's youthful good looks made him a teen idol, earning him the tag the "Face of 1968" from the music press. In 1969, Frampton left the Herd to form the harder-rocking Humble Pie with erstwhile Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott. Although Humble Pie was poised for a breakthrough after two years of touring, Frampton departed in 1971 over differences in musical direction, and decided to start a solo career.

Having already performed on George Harrison's landmark All Things Must Pass, Frampton contributed guitar work to Nilsson's Son of Schmilsson, and released his debut solo album, Wind of Change, in 1972. Despite help from the likes of Ringo Starr and Billy Preston, it failed to make much of an impact. Frampton next formed an official backing band dubbed Frampton's Camel, which included keyboardist Mickey Gallagher (Cochise), bassist Rick Wills (Bell & Arc), and drummer Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth). Their 1973 album, Frampton's Camel, also sold disappointingly, but Frampton began to build a following through near-constant touring over the next few years. He broke up Frampton's Camel prior to the release of his next album, 1974's Somethin's Happening. The title would prove prophetic: the follow-up, Frampton, became his first hit LP in America, climbing into the Top 40 in 1975 and going gold.

By this point, Frampton had amassed a considerable catalog of underexposed songs, the best of which were tightly constructed and laden with hooks. He'd also developed into a top concert draw, since he was able to inject those songs with an energy that was sometimes missing from his studio outings. Plus, in concert, he often expanded the songs into vehicles for his economical, tasteful guitar playing, and his pioneering use of the talk-box guitar effect became a trademark part of his performances. All those elements came together on Frampton Comes Alive!, a double-LP set recorded at San Francisco's Winterland in 1975. The album was a surprise smash, rocketing to the top of the charts (where it stayed for ten weeks) and selling over 16 million copies worldwide to become the most popular live album yet released. It stayed on the charts for nearly two years, and spawned Frampton's first three hit singles: "Baby, I Love Your Way" and the Top Tens "Do You Feel Like We Do" and "Show Me the Way." Naturally, his supporting tour was a multimillion-dollar blockbuster as well. When the dust settled, Frampton was a star, and Rolling Stone named him its Artist of the Year.

Under pressure from A&M to deliver a quick follow-up, Frampton fought his better judgment and went back to the studio, instead of taking a break to rest and let his success sink in. The result was I'm in You, which rose to the number two spot on the album charts soon after its release in 1977. Its title track did the same on the singles charts, giving Frampton the biggest hit of his career. In the wake of the Frampton Comes Alive! phenomenon, it was perhaps inevitable that many fans would regard I'm in You as a disappointment; even if it sold over three million copies, its hasty writing process showed through in spots. Unfortunately, 1978 was a disastrous year for Frampton. He made a high-profile acting debut playing Billy Shears in the big-budget film version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a tremendous critical and commercial flop. In June, he was involved in a near-fatal car accident in the Bahamas, sustaining a concussion, multiple broken bones, and muscle damage; to make matters worse, he and his longtime girlfriend also ended their relationship. Frampton recovered fully from his accident, only to endure a brief slide into drug abuse. His 1979 album Where I Should Be only went gold, and its biggest hit was the Top 20 "I Can't Stand It No More" -- respectable, but nonetheless a startling drop-off from the success Frampton had just recently enjoyed.

Frampton seemed increasingly directionless as the '80s dawned. He cut his hair prior to the release of 1981's Breaking All the Rules, but the new image failed to send it higher than the lower reaches of the Top 50. The following year's The Art of Control was an unequivocal flop, and Frampton retreated from the music business for several years. He returned on Virgin in 1986 with Premonition, and though it wasn't a smash hit, he did get substantial rock radio airplay for the cut "Lying." The following year, Frampton played on onetime schoolmate David Bowie's Never Let Me Down album and accompanying tour. He recorded another new album, When All the Pieces Fit, for Atlantic in 1989, and had been planning a reunion with Steve Marriott not long before Marriott's tragic death in a 1991 house fire.

Frampton subsequently started touring again, and cut an eponymous album for Relativity in 1994 that was later reissued by Sony Legacy. The following year, he issued the newly recorded live album Frampton Comes Alive II on I.R.S. During the late '90s, he recorded and toured with Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band. Frampton's first DVD, Live in Detroit, was released in 2000; a newly recorded concert also issued on CD by CMC International, it was eventually certified gold. The generally well-received Now, his first studio album in nine years, arrived in 2004, followed in 2006 by Fingerprints, the latter of which earned him a 2007 Grammy Award for Pop Instrumental Album of the year. His 14th studio long-player, 2010's Thank You Mr. Churchill, was supported by a North American stadium tour with Yes. The following year he embarked on "The Frampton Comes Alive 35th Anniversary Tour," playing the original concert album set list in sequence. His 2013 "Frampton's Guitar Circus" tour featured a rotating cast of guest performers including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, B.B. King, Rick Derringer, Robert Cray, Roger McGuinn, David Hidalgo, Dean DeLeo, and many others. Early the following year, Frampton was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Later in 2014, he released Hummingbird in a Box: Songs for a Ballet, an EP of seven new original guitar pieces that were inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography


Track List: Hummingbird In A Box

1. The Promenade's Retreat

2. Hummingbird In A Box

3. The One In 901

4. Friendly Fire

5. Heart To My Chest

6. Shadow Of My Mind

7. Norman Wisdom


Track List: Thank You Mr Churchill

1. Thank You Mr Churchill

2. Solution

3. Road To The Sun

4. I'm Due A You

5. Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele

6. Asleep At The Wheel

7. Suite: Liberte A. Megumi B. Huria Watu

8. Restraint

9. I Want It Back

10. Invisible Man

11. Black Ice


Track List: Wind Of Change / Frampton's Camel (Digitally Remastered)

Disc 1

1. Fig Tree Bay

2. Wind Of Change

3. Lady Lieright

4. Jumping Jack Flash

5. It's A Plain Shame

6. Oh For Another Day

7. All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)

8. The Lodger

9. Hard

10. Alright

Disc 2

1. I Got My Eyes On You

2. All Night Long

3. Lines On My Face

4. Which Way The Wind Blows

5. I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever)

6. White Sugar

7. Don't Fade Away

8. Just The Time Of Year

9. Do You Feel Like We Do


Track List: Fingerprints

1. Boot It Up

2. Ida Y Vuelta (Out And Back)

3. Black Hole Sun

4. Float

5. My Cup Of Tea

6. Shewango Way

7. Blooze

8. Cornerstones

9. Grab A Chicken (Put It Back)

10. Double Nickels

11. Smoky

12. Blowin' Smoke

13. Oh When...

14. Souvenirs De Nos Peres (Memories Of Our Fathers)


Track List: Gold

Disc 1

1. It's A Plain Shame

2. Jumpin' Jack Flash

3. All I Want to Be (Is By Your Side)

4. I Got My Eyes On You

5. All Night Long

6. Lines On My Face

7. Baby (Somethin's Happening)

8. Doobie Wah

9. Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby)

10. Nassau / Baby I Love Your Way

11. The Crying Clown

12. Penny For Your Thoughts

13. (I'll Give You) Money

14. Show Me The Way (Live)

Disc 2

1. I'm In You

2. (Putting My) Heart On The Line

3. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)

4. I Can't Stand It No More

5. Breaking All The Rules

6. Theme From Nivram

7. Lying

8. More Ways Than One

9. Holding On To You

10. The Bigger They Come

11. I Won't Let You Down

12. Day In The Sun

13. You

15. Greens

16. While My Guitar Gently Weeps


Track List: Now

1. Verge Of A Thing

2. Flying Without Wings

3. Love Stands Alone

4. Not Forgotten

5. Hour Of Need

6. Mia Rose

7. I'm Back

8. I Need Ground

9. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

10. Greens

11. Above It All


Track List: 20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection: The Best Of Peter Frampton

1. Show Me The Way (Live)

2. I'm In You

3. Nassau / Baby, I Love Your Way

4. Lines On My Face

5. Baby (Somethin's Happening)

6. All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)

7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)

8. I Can't Stand It No More

9. Breaking All The Rules


Track List: Anthology: The History Of Peter Frampton

1. From The Underworld

2. Natural Born Woman

3. Live With Me

4. Shine On

5. Stone Cold Fever

6. I Don't Need No Doctor

7. It's A Plain Shame

8. All I Want To Be

9. Lines On My Face

10. Do You Feel Like We Do

11. Baby

12. Baby, I Love Your Way

13. Show Me Tha Way

14. I'm In You

15. Signed, Sealed, Delivered

16. I Can't Stand It No More


Track List: The Very Best of Peter Frampton

1. Show Me The Way

2. I'm In You

3. Baby, I Love Your Way

4. Lines On My Face

5. Baby (Somethin's Happening)

6. It's A Plain Shame

7. Signed, Sealed and Delivered (I'm Yours)

8. I Can't Stand It No More

9. All Night Long

10. Do You Feel Like We Do


Track List: I'm In You

1. I'm In You

2. (Putting My) Heart On The Line

3. St Thomas (Don't You Know How I Feel)

4. Won't You Be My Friend

5. You Don't Have To Worry

6. Tried To Love

7. Rocky's Hot Club

8. (I'm A) Road Runner

9. Signed, Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours)


Track List: Frampton

1. Day's Dawning

2. Show Me The Way

3. One More Time

4. The Crying Clown

5. Fanfare

6. Nowhere's Too Far

7. Nassau/Baby, I Love Your Way

8. Apple Of Your Eye

9. Penny For Your Thoughts

10. (I'll Give You) Money


Track List: Acoustic Classics

1. Fig Tree Bay

2. Wind Of Change

3. All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)

4. Show Me The Way

5. Lines On My Face

6. Sail Away

7. Baby, I Love Your Way

8. All Down To Me

9. Penny For Your Thoughts

10. Do You Feel Like I Do

11. I'm In You


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Saw him in concert Tuesday night at Austin City Limits - he played 2 1/2 hours of all his old songs and even did some in an acoustic version. He used the Frampton Comes Alive guitar that was lost for 30 years -still has the burn marks. What a great show - he was and still is totally awesome!!! Also, he seems like a genuinely nice person.
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All I want too be......IS ....BY...YOU R ....SIDE!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! X X X X O O O O X X O O O O O O
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Frampton comes alive still one of the biggest selling records of the 70s.what a great artist
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Frampton is a true
artist. I was fifteen years old when comes alive come out . bought it on 8track. Been waiting forty years to see him live. Just got tickets for his upcoming show in Tallahassee. Being a guitarist myself a childhood dream will come true may 28th, gonna get to see purple hair up front and center
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fidelperezda r i a s
One of the best EVER!!!
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He is one of the best guitarist ever. His music will live for ever. He gave my teen years some really great music❤️
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Great singer and song.��
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Peter Frampton in my opinion is in the top ten best blues guitarists of all time.
First saw him at The Forum during FCA tour76/77.
Now, I see him every time he comes to LA area. Watch the making of Thank you Mr. Churchill. on YouTube it's a beautiful thing. he's just an amazing entertainer and a great concert every time. looking forward to seeing him in Riverside California next Sunday night.
all acoustic concert. I will be in the first row singing and enjoying the day.

Peter you are a gem!
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Frampton comes Alive Tour 1976 awesome concert he Rock that Night one of the great concerts will never forget
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Do you feel like I do is a timeless classic
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I wonder how many concerts I was high at? This concert i think I remember. Still love him!
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Frampton belongs up there with Clapton. The best!!!
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Saw him in concert with Cheap Trick,don't remember much of the concert, but I know I loved it!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
My fave by FRAMPTON
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I saw Peter at the Academy of Music around the time of the Frampton Comes alive album. He was good but I liked the songs he did with Humble Pie much better. It's all in the taste and time I guess.
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Saw him at Soldiers Field Summer of 1977. Had my girlfriend on my shoulders about 5 rows back, and he was looking right at her when he did that electric juice harp I wanna F*&%k you. Lota dudes wanted> but I was. Miss those days.
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An all time great, no one better
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Awesome arrangement!
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Baby I Love your way! How cool is this song?
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Peter Frampton.... . a l w a y s
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I like this version better.
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Just saw Frampton
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catherinemar i e 4 9
Love Peter Frampton
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Saw Him Alive 35 year Anniversary Tour, what memories from 1977!!!!
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The song the song love it
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Yes first sight
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Love this frickn song
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Last 2 minutes of this song are as good as it gets in rock and roll!
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Love at first sight!
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Yes í feel like you do.
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Takes me back to the good old days
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troykeller88 7 8
Sjow me the way Peter Frampton again parents music love it Great singer
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He played all of his old music on this tour.
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Saw him Wednesday evening in Del Mar, CA w/Cheap Trick. As good as he was back t a s t i c show.
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My very first concert when I was 16....Frampt o n comes alive. I still have the concert ticket.
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Peter frampton great singer great hits junior hs days
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Saw him n 1976 n Ft. Worth Texas awesome guitar player
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Saw him live last year and he didn'y want to play his old stuff! Should of said so before he want on tour! His old stuff is what I paid for and he didn't play anything old!
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One thought January sound studio .
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Some of his newer instrumental stuff plays on my Jeff Beck and Dixie Dregs stations, and it is so soulful and tasteful. Greens and some others. Very nice.
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Who knew......Wh a t a talented man........ thank you Pandora for bringing this to us.....
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Well yes, this is a welcomed surprise, the legendary rocker,axe man Peter Frampton!
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Love, love, the Frampton!
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Gonna be my next wedding song. Just need to find a new wifey
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Who doesn't have the album Frampton Comes Alive?
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It makes the soul happy and relaxed for me!
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Frampton .....
Yeah him ♡
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