Wednesday, April 22, 8950

Peter Frampton (b. 1950)

Peter Kenneth Frampton (b. April 22, 1950) is an English-American musician, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. Frampton's international breakthrough album was his live release, Frampton Comes Alive!. The album sold over 6 million copies in the United States alone and spawned several hits. 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 Show Me the Way; Baby, I Love Your Way; Do You Feel Like We Do; and I'm in Yo -- which to this day, remain staples on classic-rock radio. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The Simpsons, The Colbert Report, and Family Guy.


Show Me the Way is a song written by Peter Frampton, which was originally released on his 1975 album Frampton and as a single, but gained its highest popularity as a song from his 1976 live album Frampton Comes Alive!. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his biggest hit until I'm in You in 1977.

The song was one of Frampton's earliest to feature the talk box effect, which would become one of his signature sounds.


I'm in You is the fifth studio album by Peter Frampton, released in 1977. Frampton returned from touring in 1976 to record this album. Stevie Wonder is also featured.

Under pressure to deliver a studio follow up to one of the biggest selling albums of the decade, Frampton faced a virtually impossible task. He came up with the album I'm in You, recording it at Electric Lady Studios in New York, where Frampton's Camel had been recorded four years earlier, with Frampton demanding bodyguards to protect him from overzealous fans who were going to disrupt the recordings, made even more difficult by the fact that in the two years since he'd cut any new material, he had evolved musically away from some of the sounds on Frampton Comes Alive!

Seven million albums later, he had become a solid lightweight rocker who had set sales records and who would soon find himself welcoming Stevie Wonder, Richie Hayward, Ringo Starr, and Mick Jagger into the studio for his follow-up album.

The result was mostly a surprisingly laid-back album steeped in lyricism and craftsmanship, particularly in its use of multiple overdubs even on the harder rocking numbers.

I'm in You rose to the #2 slot on the Billboard album charts, whose keyboard driven, dominated by the sound of the opening bars Baldwin Piano, ARP String Synthesizer-generated string section, Moog synthesizer, rather than a Guitar, and eventually involves a Gibson Les Paul, and Acoustic Guitar, played by Frampton, it was clear that Frampton was exploring new sides of his music. The title track became his most successful single yet, and the album and same-titled single reached platinum and #2, respectively.

The song Rocky's Hot Club was a novelty song written about Frampton's dog Rocky, who lay across his lap as he wrote the song. On the track Frampton actually plays harmonica, and guitar.

Frank Zappa ridiculed the title track of this album in the song I Have Been in You and in the monologue Is That Guy Kidding or What?


I'm in You is the hit title song released by Peter Frampton as a single from his album I'm in You released in 1977. It rose to #2 on the US singles chart, becoming his most successful single.

I'm in You was written by Peter Frampton after returning to New York from touring to record his live album Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976.

The song is about Frampton being recently separated from his first wife, the model Mary Lovett.
The song was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Frampton demanded that bodyguards keep overzealous fans from disturbing his recording sessions.
This title song is mostly a keyboard driven number, featuring background vocals from Mick Jagger, with the sound of a Baldwin Piano, Moog Synthesizer, ARP String Synthesizer, Gibson Les Paul, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, and Vocals.

Frank Zappa ridiculed this track in the song I Have Been in You on his album Sheik Yerbouti and in the monologue Is That Guy Kidding or What? on Baby Snakes.

[8950 Wonder / 8950 Frampton / 8948 Paice]