- Peter Frampton
Infobox musical artist
Name = Peter Frampton
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Peter Kenneth Frampton
Born = birth date and age|1950|4|22|df=y
Beckenham, Kent, England
Instrument = Vocals,
Genre = Rock,
Hard rock, Pop rock, Blues
Years_active = 1966 – present
Label = A&M
Humble Pie, The Herd
website = [http://www.frampton.com/ www.frampton.com]
Notable_instruments = Peter Frampton Signature model Les Paul
Peter Kenneth Frampton (born
22 April 1950Fact|date=July 2008 in Beckenham, Kent) is an English musician, best known today for his solo work in the mid-1970s and as one of the original members of the band Humble Pie. His solo album " Frampton Comes Alive!" is one of the best selling live albums of all time.
Frampton first became interested in music when he was only seven years old. He discovered his grandmother's
banjolele(a banjo-shaped ukulele) in the attic.Interview with Kyra Phillips: - [http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/05/frampton/ "Frampton: 'It's been a journey'"] . - CNN- Friday, April 9, 2004] Teaching himself to play, he became near-obsessed, and upon receiving a guitarand piano, from his parents, taught himself those instruments as well. At age eight he got a guitar and started taking classical musiclessons. [http://www.frampton.com/70.html 60's/70's] . - Frampton.com] Huey, Steve. - [http://wm07.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fifpxqe5ldke~T1 Peter Frampton] . - Allmusic]
Early influences were
Cliff Richard& The Shadows, (featuring guitarist Hank Marvin) and American rockers Buddy Hollyand Eddie Cochran, and then the Venturesand the Beatles. His father introduced him to Belgian gypsy jazzguitarist Django Reinhardt.Nager, Larry. - [http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2001/02/04/tem_no_fade_in_framptons.html "No fade in Frampton's future"] . - " Cincinnati Enquirer". - February 04, 2001]
By the age of ten, Frampton played in a band called The Little Ravens. Both he and
David Bowiewere pupils at BromleyTechnical School where Frampton's father, Owen Frampton, was an art teacher and head of the Art department. The Little Ravens played on the same bill at school as Bowie's band, George and the Dragons. Peter and David would spend time together at lunch breaks, playing Buddy Holly songs.Buxton, John. - "Answers to Correspondents". - "London Daily Mail" - p.64. - 19th August 2006]
In 1966, he became a member of The Herd. He was the lead guitarist and singer, scoring a handful of British teenybopper hits. Frampton was named "The Face of 1968" by the UK press. [http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2001/02/04/tem_50_years_of_peter.html "50 years of Peter Frampton"] . - "
Cincinnati Enquirer". - February 04, 2001]
While playing with Humble Pie, Frampton also did session recording with other artists, including:
Harry Nilsson, Jim Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as George Harrison's solo " All Things Must Pass", in 1971, and John Entwistle's " Whistle Rymes", in 1972. During the Harrison session he was introduced to the ' talk box' that has become his trademark guitar sound. [ [http://www.frampton.com/equipment.html "THE TALKBOX - what the heck IS that?!!"] . - Frampton.com] [Lux, Joanna. and David Dayen. - [http://www.g4tv.com/techtvvault/features/30669/Peter_Frampton_More_Alive_Than_Ever.html "Peter Frampton: More Alive Than Ever"] . - G4 Media. - June 13, 2002] [Lovelady, Nicholas. - [http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~ni900332/ "Frampton and the Talkbox"] . - University of Central Florida]
After five albums with
Humble Pie, Frampton left the band and went solo in 1971, just in time to see Rockin' The Fillmore rise up the US charts. He remained with Dee Anthony, the same personal manager that Humble Pie had used. [Crowe, Cameron. - "Frampton: Rock Star of the Year". - " Rolling Stone". - February 10, 1977. - RS232.]
His debut was 1972's "Wind of Change", with guest artists
Ringo Starrand Billy Preston. This album was followed by " Frampton's Camel" in 1973, which featured Frampton working within a group project. In 1974, Frampton released " Somethin's Happening". Frampton toured extensively to support his solo career. In 1975, the "Frampton" album was released. The album went to #32 in the US charts, and is certified Gold by the RIAA.
Peter Frampton had minimal commercial success with his early albums. This changed with Frampton's breakthrough best-selling live album, "
Frampton Comes Alive!", in 1976. " Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Show Me the Way" were singles. " Do You Feel Like We Do", despite its length, was also popular. The latter two tracks also featured his use of the talk boxguitar effect. Recorded mainly in San Francisco, California, where Humble Pie enjoyed a good following, at Winterlandin 1975. Released in early January, it debuted on the charts on February 14at number 191. It stayed at the top of the charts, at number one, for 10 weeks, in the Billboard's Top 40album chart for 55 weeks, and stayed on the Billboard 200charts in total for 97 Weeks. It was the top selling album of 1976, beating Fleetwood Mac's "Fleetwood Mac" for the top spot, and was the 14th best seller of 1977. The album became the biggest selling live album at the time of its release and sold over 6 million copies in the US, 16 million worldwide. It has since dropped to fourth all-time, after The Garth Brooksalbum Double Live, which at 20 times platinum is the best selling live album of all time at present. Bruce Springsteenis next at 13 times with Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975 - '85and The Eaglescome in next with Eagles Liveat 7 times platinum. "Frampton Comes Alive!" is 6 times platinum. [ [http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=tblTop100&action= Top 100 Albums] - RIAA] [ [http://www.legacyrecordings.com/Peter-Frampton.aspx# Peter Frampton] . - Legacy Recordings- a Sony BMG Music Entertainmentcompany] [ [http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/frampton_peter/artist.jhtml Peter Frampton] . - MTV.com] [Bull, Roger. - [http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/101306/lif_5535265.shtml "Peter Frampton: Still a guitar man"] . - " Florida Times-Union". - (c/o Jacksonville.com). - October 13, 2006] Eder, Bruce. - [http://wm07.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wifoxqy5ldse "Frampton Comes Alive!"] . - Allmusic.] [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/searchResult.jsp?configType=BBCOM_SIMPLEDEFAULT&pubList=Billboard&an=bbcom&action=Submit&kw=&exposeNavigation=true&keyword=Frampton+Comes+Alive%21&searchType=ARTICLE_SEARCH&submit.x=0&submit.y=0 Search Highlights for "Frampton Comes Alive!"] . - Billboard.com] [ [http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=855691 Top Pop Albums of 1976] . - Billboard.biz] [ [http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=855680 Top Pop Albums of 1977] . - Billboard.biz]
The success of "Frampton Comes Alive!" put him on the cover of "
Rolling Stone", in a famous shirtless photo by Francesco Scavullo. In late 1976, he and manager Dee Anthony visited the White Houseat the invitation of Steve Ford, the president's son. ["Random Notes". - " Rolling Stone". - December 16, 1976. - RS228.] And the album put Frampton in a position to be offered, and then accept, a co-starring role with The Bee Geesin director Robert Stigwood's poorly received "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Frampton's career seemed to be falling as quickly as it had risen.
In June 1978, he was involved in a near fatal
car accidentin the Bahamas, he had multiple broken bones, sustained a concussion, and had muscle damage. Dealing with the pain of the accident would lead him into a brief problem of drug abuse.
In 1979, Frampton returned to recording. Past band members included
Stanley Sheldon(bass), Bob Mayo(keyboards/guitar/vocals), Chad Cromwell(drums), and John Siomos (drums/vocals). The album, " Where I Should Be" (1979) was the first album recorded after his car accident.
In 1980, his following album "Rise Up" was released to promote his tour in Brazil. The album eventually turned into "
Breaking All The Rules", released the next year in 1981. These albums were the first he recorded almost completely live - their sound is believed to be the better for it". [http://www.frampton.com/80.html 80's] . - Frampton.com]
Frampton continued to record throughout the 1980s, although his albums generally met with little commercial success. However, he did achieve a brief, moderate comeback of sorts in 1986 with the release of his "Premonition" album, and the single "Lying," which became a big hit on the
Mainstream Rockcharts. Most notably, he also united with old friend David Bowie, and both worked together to make albums. Frampton played on Bowie's 1987 album " Never Let Me Down" and the “Glass Spider” world tour to promote the album.
In the late 1990s, he starred in an infomercial plugging the internationally successful eMedia Guitar Method, a piece of instructional software represented as an alternative to taking actual guitar lessons. He claimed in the infomercial that the software was the best way to learn guitar. [http://www.frampton.com/90.html 90's] . - Frampton.com]
In 1995, Frampton released "
Frampton Comes Alive! II" which contained live versions of many of the songs from his 1980s and 1990s solo albums. Although there was a large amount of marketing for the album, it did not sell well. After "Frampton Comes Alive! II", he recorded and toured with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kingsand Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.
In 1997-1998, he toured with
Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band where he and Jack Brucedid an impressive version of Cream's " Sunshine of Your Love".
In 2003, he released the album "Now", and embarked on a tour with Styx to support it. He also toured with
The Elms. He appeared in 2006 on the FOX Broadcasting variety show Celebrity Duets, paired with Chris Jerichoof WWE fame. They were the first pair voted out.
September 12, 2006, Frampton released his newest album, an instrumental work titled "Fingerprints". His band consists of drummer Shawn Fichter, guitarist Audley Freed, bassist John Regan(Frampton's life long best friend,), and keyboardist/guitarist Rob Arthur, and guest artists such as members of Pearl Jam, Hank Marvin, and his bassist on " Frampton Comes Alive!", Stanley Sheldon.
February 11, 2007, "Fingerprints" was awarded the 2007 Grammy Awardfor Best Pop Instrumental Album. In February 2007, he also appeared on the Chicago based PBS television show Soundstage.
Frampton has lived in London, New York (Westchester), Los Angeles, and Nashville. After the
September 11, 2001 attacks, Frampton decided to become a United Statescitizen. [ [http://archives.cnn.com/2001/SHOWBIZ/News/11/27/showbuzz/#3 "Frampton comes alive for benefit"] . - CNN. - November 27, 2001] [NewsTrack - Entertainment - [http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Entertainment/peter_frampton_plays_for_kerry_fundraiser/20040716-034540-3209r/ "Peter Frampton plays for Kerry fund-raiser"] . - United Press International. - July. 16, 2004] He moved to Indian Hill, a suburb east of Cincinnati, Ohio, in June 2000, the birthplace of his wife Tina Elfers and the city in which they were married in 1996. They chose to live there to be closer to Tina's family. They still reside there today.
Frampton has been married three times. His wives have been: Mary Lovett (1971–1973); Barbara Gold (1983–1993), with whom he had two children, Jade and Julian; and Tina Elfers (
January 13, 1996– present), with whom he has one child, named Mia Frampton. Jade Frampton earned a degree in fashion merchandising from Kent State Universityin 2005. [ [http://www.fashionschool.kent.edu/alumni_list.htm Alumni List] . - Fashion School. - Kent State University]
Also in 2000, Frampton served as a
technical advisorfor Cameron Crowe's autobiographical film " Almost Famous". He also appears briefly in the film as 'Reg', a road managerfor Humble Pie, Frampton's real-life former band.
* Frampton's first appearance on television, was his role as an Australian coast watcher named Peter Buckley in the 1970s program "Baa Baa Black Sheep" Frampton supposedly offered to cut his long hair to appear in the episode, but the producers let him keep it under the storyline that his character would have been in the jungle for a long time anyway.Fact|date=May 2008
* Frampton appeared on an episode of "
The Mike Douglas Show" in the 1970s, with Roger Mooreas the week's co-host. Tony Randallwas a guest, and noticing Frampton's open shirt, which exposed much of his bare chest, said, "Can we take up a collection to buy this young man some underwear?" Moore replied that Frampton had just sold millions of records, and said to Frampton, "We're taking up a collection to buy Tony Randall some underwear." Randall then objected to Frampton's smoking.Fact|date=May 2008
* Peter Frampton appears in the "
Family Guy" episode Death Lives, in which he plays himself and is threatened by Death to come play for Lois and Peter.Fact|date=May 2008
* On December 20, 2006, Frampton appeared on "
The Colbert Report", filling in for Stephen Colbertin a guitar battle against Chris Funk.Fact|date=May 2008
* In November 2007, Frampton stars as himself in a
GEICO"celebrity translator" commercial, where he "translated" an insurance customer's brief monologue using his trademark talk box. [ [http://www.adweek.com/aw/national/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003670661 "Geico's Translator's in Encore Performance"] . - " Adweek".]
* In 1996, Frampton guest-voiced on "
The Simpsons" (episode: Homerpalooza), playing himself, and he's seen playing "Do You Feel Like We Do" after which he tries to shoot Pink Floyd's inflatable pig out in the air, but it's been wasted by Homer.Fact|date=May 2008
* In an episode of "The Drew Carey Show", Frampton performed the song "You Had To Be There".Fact|date=May 2008
Frampton in popular culture
* In the 1993 comedy "
Wayne's World 2", Cassandra shows Wayne the "Frampton Comes Alive!" album and asks if he has ever seen it before, to which Wayne (Mike Myers) replies "Everybody in the world has Frampton Comes Alive! If you lived in the suburbs, you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide."Fact|date=May 2008
Mitch Hedbergonce talked about smoking fake pot with Frampton in " Almost Famous" on his second CD " Mitch All Together" saying "But I got to smoke fake pot with Peter Frampton. That's a cool story. It's as cool as smoking real pot with a guy who looks like Peter Frampton. I've done that way more."Fact|date=May 2008
* Billabong created a
bikiniwith Peter Frampton's likeness and the phrase "Baby, I love your waves" (similar to "Baby, I Love Your Way") on the back without permission, subsequently litigation was enacted. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/21/1090089197543.html "Frampton's fury at Billabong's ways"] . - " Sydney Morning Herald". - July 22, 2004]
* In an episode of "
Family Guy", after Peter Griffin steals a flu shot from an elderly woman, she calls him a monster, he replies "You know what was a monster? Frampton Comes Alive! 1976 Is there anyone you knew who didn't have that record?".Fact|date=May 2008
* In another episode of "
Family Guy" titled Death Lives, Peter Griffin realizes that he has not appreciated his wife as much recently and asks Death to pay a visit to Peter Frampton. When Death arrives at Frampton's house to persuade him to visit the golf course, Frampton protests, saying that Death should be "at Keith Richards' house" (a joke Frampton himself pitched, according to the DVD commentary). Death also asks Frampton to bring "the thing that makes your guitar go ‘wah wah wah'" (referencing Frampton's famous use of a talk box to make his guitar "talk"). Lois Griffin discovers Peter Griffin at the golf course and prepares to confront him, but Frampton appears, playing "Baby, I Love Your Way", which is "their" song.
* On the "
SpongeBob SquarePants" episode " Atlantis SquarePantis", Patchy the Pirate's cassette of "Frampton Comes Alive!" breaks while he waits in rush hour traffic.Fact|date=May 2008
Half Man Half Biscuitsong "Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes" (from the album " Trouble Over Bridgwater") contains the line: 'If ever there was an album title in dire need of an exclamation mark, it surely had to be... "Frampton Comes Alive!"
*"Wind of Change" (1972)
Frampton's Camel" (1973)
Somethin's Happening" (1974)
Frampton Comes Alive!" (1976)
I'm in You" (1977)
Where I Should Be" (1979)
*"Rise Up" (1980)
Breaking All The Rules" (1981)
The Art of Control" (1982)
When All the Pieces Fit" (1989)
*"Peter Frampton" (1994)
Frampton Comes Alive! II" (1995)
*"Live in Detroit" (2000)
Live in San Francisco March 24, 1975" (2004)
2004 Summer Tour" (2004)*
* [http://www.frampton.com/ Peter Frampton's website]
* [http://fox.com/celebrityduets/recaps/index.htm FOX Television Celebrity Duets season premier recap]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2006/10/16/peter_frampton_interview_feature.shtml Audio interview at BBC Wiltshire]
* [http://www.classicrockcentral.com/classic_rock_gimme5-Display.cfm?week=19 Five audio interview segments with Peter Frampton from 1986]
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