Singer-guitarist Peter Frampton was a tireless touring act in the early ’70s, slowly and steadily building a U.S. audience for his hook-filled rock. Then his 1975 concert album, “Frampton Comes Alive,” became a massive success, making the curly-tressed musician and his “talk-box” guitar sound an inescapable presence.
Frampton had always been well connected. One of his childhood schoolmates was David Bowie, and an early band was managed and produced by the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman. Frampton became a teen idol in late-’60s England with the band the Herd, and later formed Humble Pie with singer Steve Marriott.
Frampton’s popularity continued for a short time after “Alive,” but the pressure of his success hindered his creativity through much of the ’80s. He also suffered a near-fatal car accident in the Bahamas.
Recording sessions and touring with Bowie’s band in 1987 helped him back to his feet, and he’s continued to record and perform regularly.