MHOF Inductee Peter Frampton

Inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame at the 4th Annual Induction Ceremony in January 2014, singer-songwriter and multi-instrument musician Peter Frampton has enjoyed a long and varied career in the music industry. Born in April 1950 in Bromley, United Kingdom, Frampton counts Cliff Richard & the Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, the Ventures and The Beatles among his early musical influences. The first instrument he taught himself to play was his grandmother’s banjolele. He was seven years old at the time. He also taught himself to play guitar and piano and at the age of eight he began taking classical music lessons.

Interestingly, Frampton was at school (Bromley Technical High) with David Bowie and the band Frampton was performing with, The Little Ravens, played at the same school events as Bowie’s band George and the Dragons. In 1966 he joined the band known as The Herd as their lead guitarist and singer. In 1969 he joined forces with Steve Marriott to form the band Humble Pie. During this time he did session work with artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Price, Harry Nilsson and George Harrison, and it was during his work with Harrison that he discovered the “talk box” which he used to produce guitar effects that would become his trademark guitar sound.

Frampton’s 1972 debut solo album Wind of Change featured guest artists Billy Preston and Ringo Starr. Subsequent albums Frampton’s Camel, Somethin’s Happening and Frampton did reasonably well, but it was his live album Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976, that put him in the limelight. The album delivered three hit singles – Baby, I Love Your Way, Show Me the Way and Do You Feel Like We Do – two of which featured his “talk box” guitar effect.

Frampton’s career took a downward turn with his appearance in the film Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and although he achieved a hit single off the album I’m In You from 1977, he did not reach the heights of his Frampton Comes Alive! success. Following a serious car accident in 1978 Frampton took some time to recover, but recorded his album Where I Should Be. He continued to record through the 1980 and into the new century, with his last album, Thank You Mr Churchill released in 2010. Certainly, Peter Frampton’s significant contribution to the world of modern music makes him a worthy inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame.