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Peter Frampton

He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists such as George Harrison, David Bowie, Steve Miller, "The Bee Gees" and even Mike McCready and Matt Cameron from "Pearl Jam".

He is a very talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist and his name is Peter Frampton.


So let's tell you a few facts about the man who is so attached to a guitar that he can make it talk:

1. He was born on April 22, 1950, in Beckenham, Kent, England, named Peter Kenneth Frampton.

2. The first instrument he played was the Banjolele. What is it you ask? It's a combination of banjo and ukulele he found in his grandmother's attic. He simply taught himself to play it from the age of seven.

3. Frampton attended the same school as David Bowie. They remained good friends until the day Bowie died. Frampton even played on Bowie's 1987 album - "Never Let Me Down" and accompanied him on a tour to promote him.

4. Peter Frampton's father was Bowie's art teacher at the school.

5. Frampton taught himself to play the guitar so fast that at the age of 12, he formed his first band - "The Little Ravens".

6. At the age of 14 he moved to a more professional band - "The Preachers", which was directed and produced by Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

7. When he was just 18 he joined Steve Marriott from the band Small Faces and the two formed the band Humble Pie.

(Photo: Cleopatra)

8. While he was with Humble Pie, Frampton served as a sought-after session player for top artists such as Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carly Simon, Tim Hardin, and John Entwistle, and more.

9. In 1970 he played acoustic guitar on George Harrison's masterpiece "All Things Must Pass".

10. After 4 studio albums and one live album with Humble Pie Frampton started a solo career.

11. His debut album "Wind of Change" from 1972 featured Klaus Voorman, Ringo Starr, and Billy Preston.

12. Frampton continued to provide his guitar skills to other artists in parallel with his solo career. For example, in 1974 he starred in Tony Ashton's and Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord's album "First of the Big Bands", and on Ringo Starr's fifth studio album "Ringo's Rotogravure" in 1976.

13. Frampton was great on stage, his shows sold out, but his albums didn't sell that well. This led him to a decision to release a double live album after his fourth studio album, in which he tried to convey the "electricity" that was in the air during his performances.

14. This double live album - "Frampton Comes Alive!" was released in 1976 and became one of the best-selling live albums of all time with sales of 16 million copies.

15. This album stayed on the US charts for 10 consecutive weeks and became the best-selling album in 1976, surpassing even Fleetwood Mac's album - the band's first and most successful album with Stevie Knicks and Lindsay Buckingham.

16. Frampton's performance of songs like "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do," surpassed studio versions and became the milestones of Classic Rock.

17. Frampton is perhaps not the first to use the TalkBox effect, but he is certainly one of those most identified with it. Listen to the performance of "Show Me the Way" for example, and you will understand what we are talking about. Frampton made the guitar "speak" so beautifully that a few years later the talkbox effect would adorn songs like "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" by "Pink Floyd", "Livin 'on a Prayer" and "It's My Life" by "Bon Jovi" and more. .

18. In 1978 he appeared with "The Bee Gees" in the movie "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

19. That same year he played guitar on the theme song from the movie and soundtrack "Grease", a song that Barry Gibb is known to have written.

20. As early as 1978, Frampton was nearly killed in a serious car accident while on a trip to the Bahamas. He suffered a concussion and muscle damage. This serious accident also affected his musical career which was at its peak at the time.

21. Despite this, he continued to release solo albums and collaborate with other artists, including on albums and performances of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.

22. In 1985 he participated in songwriting and played on the "Stand Up" album of guitarist Steve Morse.

23. In 1990 he played solo on the song "Straight Line" from the album "Live It Up" by "Crosby, Stills & Nash".

24. In 2000, Frampton served as Technical Advisor for guitars in Cameron Crowe's cult film "Almost Famous", and even appeared in it as the manager of "Humble Pie's" tour.

25. In 2006, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron of "Pearl Jam" participated in his instrumental album Fingerprints.

26. In 2016 he was diagnosed with a rare muscle disease. Following this, he announced his last tour in 2017. Despite the statement that this is his last tour, he went on tour in 2018 with Steve Miller on the occasion of the band's 50th anniversary.

27. In 2017, Frampton participated in Ringo Starr's 19th studio album "Give More Love".

28. Although born and raised in England, immediately after the events of 9/11 he applied for American citizenship.

29. Frampton released 15 studio albums in his solo career.

30. In 2016 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And now to complete the acquaintance with the talented guitarist, go to the attached link and listen to a compilation album from his solo career: Here.

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