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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Peter Frampton's Biggest Hit

" Show Me The Way is Peter Frampton's biggest hit. It reached #6 on the US charts and #10 on the UK charts. The Live 1976 version from the album "Frampton Comes Alive" was the biggest hit of 1976 and was the biggest tour of the Summer on '76.

This is Frampton's biggest hit. It took off when he included the song on his 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive, which in the US was the best-selling album of 1976. The studio version was released as a single in 1975, but went nowhere. The live version is the hit.
On the intro to the live version, Frampton used a talkbox, a device hooked up to his guitar that allowed him to create amplified, distorted vocal sounds with his mouth. A talkbox is made with tubing connected to a compression driver (meant to be part of a P.A. system), with the other end going into the performer's mouth. The unit is then hooked up to the guitar amp.
The talkbox effect was a huge hit. Many musicians responded by buying one or trying to make their own. More than a few young people lost some cavities when they created faulty talkboxes and sent electric current into their mouths.
Frampton's songs "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" also became huge hits from his live album. These songs still get lots of airplay.
This was one of the first songs U2 performed as a group. They played it at their high school talent show using the band name Feedback.

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