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Music singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist Peter Frampton pictures (pic) and photo gallery, albums covers pictures.
Birth name: Peter Kenneth Frampton.
Born: April 22, 1950 Beckenham, Kent, England, UK.
NEW Peter Frampton In Concert At 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, Gibson Guitar Tent at the Las Vegas Convention Center
Peter Frampton biography (bio):
By the age of ten, Frampton played in a band called the Little Ravens. Both he and David Bowie were pupils at Bromley Technical School (where Peter's father, Owen, was head of the Art department), and the Little Ravens played on the same bill at school as Bowie's band, George and the Dragons.
Frampton's first American appearance was in an obscure club at the tip of Long Island, NY called the "Rock Pile". The group that he played lead guitar for was Humble Pie. That group was already a staple on late night NY radio, WNEW-FM.
His first taste of fame, however, came as a member of The Herd, with which he became a teen idol in Britain. He then worked with Steve Marriott (of The Small Faces) in Humble Pie, as well as on albums by Harry Nilsson, Jim Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, and George Harrison's solo masterpiece All Things Must Pass.
His solo debut was 1972's Wind of Change. He subsequently released Frampton's Camel (1973).
The next year Somethin's Happening (1974), in which he finished this album after being up all night - so then he went back over to his house where there was a swimming pool, and the photos used for the cover were of him having buckets of water thrown all over his face!".
Then the next year Frampton (1975) - all were generally considered very solid rock albums, but had little commercial success.
This all changed quite dramatically with Frampton's breakthrough best-selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive! (1976), widely considered a near-iconic 70s album and one of the most acclaimed live rock albums ever. "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Show Me the Way" became almost immediate hits, and "Do You Feel Like We Do," despite its length, also became a huge favorite. The latter 2 also featured his now-famous use of the talk box, especially the 14-minute epic "Do You Feel Like We Do". The talk box allows the guitar sounds to be pumped into one end of a tube; the other end of the tube ends in the performer's mouth next to the vocal microphone. When the guitar is played and the performer fashions his/her mouth as if speaking, the audial illusion of a "talking guitar" is produced. Frampton has long been considered one of the best at it (although other highly talented rock bands have occasionally featured it, e.g., the Eagles on "Those Shoes" and Steely Dan on "Haitian Divorce").
His following album, I'm in You (1977) sold close to 1 million copies, but was shredded by the critics. Frampton then took an ill-advised co-starring role with The Bee Gees in director Robert Stigwoods Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, also a disaster, and his career seemed to fall as quickly as it had risen, there were rumours that he had succumbed to depression and heavy drinking. To make matters worse, he was in a near fatal car accident in the Bahamas near the time of Sgt Pepper's' release. 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"
In the 1980s, Frampton returned to recording. Past band members included Stanley Sheldon (bass), Bob Mayo (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Chad Cromwell (drums), and John Siomos (drums/vocals). Most notably, he also united with old friend David Bowie, and both worked together to make albums, although they met with little commercial success.
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.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Frampton decided to become a United States citizen. He now resides in Indian Hill, a suburb east of Cincinnati.
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 Jericho of WWE fame. They were the first pair voted out.
On September 12, 2006, A&M released his newest album, an instrumental work titled "Fingerprints". His band consists of drummer Shawn Fichter, guitarist Gordon Kennedy, bassist John Regan, 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.
On February 11 2007, "Fingerprints" was awarded the 2007 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In February 2007, he also appeared on the Chicago based PBS television show Soundstage.