Peter Frampton was born 60 years ago today, on April 22, 1950. In the late 1960's he was a co-founder of Humble Pie. But it was almost a decade later, as a solo artist in the mid-1970's, when he released "Frampton Comes Alive" that Frampton became a household word in the world of rock music. Even now, "Frampton Comes Alive" is one of the largest selling live albums of all time (in its day, it was the largest selling).
That album was huge in my high school days. Almost everyone I knew (me included) had the album cover up on a wall as decoration! Now, 30+ years removed, I’m listening to "Frampton Comes Alive II" on my computer as I post this blog entry! Frampton released that one in 1995, and covered most of his 1980's material on it. He even finds room for the voice box effect (made infamous on "Do You Feel Like We Do," on "Can’t Take That Away."
Today, we’re less than a week away from Frampton’s newest release. "Thank You Mr. Churchill" is due out on Tuesday. It’s his follow-up to the 2006 Grammy winning instrumental album, "Fingerprints." The new one not only returns the vocals, but includes a guest appearance with his son Julian on one tracks, "Return to the Sun." It looks like good things are happening for Mr. Frampton :D