Best Peter Frampton Song — Readers’ Poll
As Peter Frampton celebrates his 62nd birthday today, April 22, we thought this was a good time to look back on his career and ask — which song of his was your favorite?
In the late ’60s and ’70s, Frampton clocked time with Humble Pie, and later did session work on records including George Harrison‘s solo debut, ‘All Things Must Pass.’ (It was during that time period that Frampton was reportedly introduced to the “talk box” that would later become his trademark guitar effect.)
But even with that kind of resume, it wasn’t until the 1976 release of ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ that Peter would become a superstar. The album hit No. 1 in April of that year, racking up 10 weeks in the top spot and staying on the charts for an astonishing 97 weeks, helped along by hit songs like ‘Baby, I Love Your Way,’ ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’ and ‘Show Me the Way’ (which came in at No. 50 on our countdown of the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs).
The following year, he released ‘I’m in You,’ whose title single would also become a hit — but although the album made it to No. 2 on the charts and featured music luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger, it was considered a disappointment when compared to the zillion-selling live record.
But while Frampton’s later efforts were never as successful as the behemoth that was ‘Frampton Comes Alive!,’ he’s hardly retired into the shadows. He won a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for ‘Fingerprints,’ and has continued to tour successfully both alone and with other acts like Yes and his old school pal, David Bowie.
But all that aside, we have to ask: out of all his solo singles that charted in the U.S., which one is your favorite?