Humble Pie were a popular ‘supergroup’ of the 1970’s, consisting of a stellar line up: Steve Marriot (lead singer and guitarists of one of the best British Invasion Bands, The Small Faces), Peter Frampton (originally from the Herd with massive celebrity to come with Frampton Comes Alive) and Greg Ridley (of the obscure twin-keyboard brilliance of Spooky Tooth).
There are many claims to fame for the band, including being the first band to be referred to as ‘heavy metal’ in the press. Humble Pie, were, however, far from heavy metal, blending rock with soul and blues to create one of the most dynamic live acts of their time (check out the live album ‘Rock On’ from 1971).
When Frampton left to pursue his solo career in 1972 the band fully embraced a harder boogie-rock sound: their album ‘Smokin’ is a masterpiece, including ‘Hot ‘n’ Nasty’ (bound to get anyone up on their feet), ‘Roadrunner’ (same again) and ’30 Days in the Hole’. Add the Blackberries, an all female back-up section (previously Tina Turner’s Ikettes) and your turntable was on fire !
The band broke up in 1975. Marriot and Frampton were not to collaborate again until 1991. A new Humble Pie was planned but, sadly, Steve died in a fire with only two songs recorded.
Long live Humble Pie !
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